Yoshii river

River Boat

River Boat

The Yoshii river has been an important part of the Tsuyama Castle town.  It was acting like a second moat  to the south  but more importantly it was a busy trading route.  Travels on water needs boats and all sorts of river crafts appeared. This craft is designed to ferry people in comfort  either across the river or upstream or downstream.  

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The Lost Castle Boat Shed and Boats

The Lost Castle Boat Shed and Boats

Boat building has always played  an important part of a nation's development. Waterways are a conveniently provided by nature for transport.  If you have a boat that is! The Takase boat  was designed by Mr Takasa and it so happens he was born not far from Tsuyama (early 1600). A few kilometers downstream from the Castle,  once was an  Iron ore mine the ore was carried by Takasabone downstream. That is the connection with Takase boats to our project. The Takase boat has been an important vehicle in the history of Japan. It is a long and narrow flat bottom boat sometimes with high freeboard...

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The FerryMan’s Home at The Lost Castle

The FerryMan’s Home at The Lost Castle

To cross the river was a tricky part of life and in 1620 there was no bridge across the Yoshiigawa. A ferry business  carrying  people as well  as produce and animals soon established itself on the north side of the river. Flat bottomed  boats  like the Koku and Takase boats were used. The river provided for transport but also provided food and soon a thriving fishing business also developed. River navigation can be treacherous and navigation aids like the small lighthouse guided river traffic at night. The Ferryman's house maybe looked something like this farmhouse style house with living...

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The Lost Castle down by the Yoshii river

The Lost Castle down by the Yoshii river

  Miyoko is spending some time by the Yoshii river, adding a smaller temple together with  trees, grasses, tracks and roads. Yoshii river acts as a natural moat to the south of The Lost Castle . The main entrance to the castle is from the south. To enter the castle you first have to negotiate the river then a moat after that  a maze of gates and walkways. We are 3D modeling outside the moat at the moment. When Tsuyama castle was built  a township formed between the river and the moat,  a few inns, shops and houses  that later become  Tsuyama City.  As the castle was situated on a busy...

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