Nagano

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  • Nagano Prefecture

    Nagano Prefecture (長野県) is located in central Honshū and borders the prefectures of Niigata, Gunma, Saitama, Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu, and...
  • Matsumoto Travel Guide

    Matsumoto (松本) is located in central Nagano Prefecture and used to be a provincial capital from the eighth century. It was the base of the senior...
  • Matsumoto Castle

    Matsumoto Castle (松本城 Matsumoto-jō) is located in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, and is one of the most famous Japanese flatland castles (平城...
  • Kaichi School Museum

    In the wake of the Meiji Restoration and the subsequent drive to modernise the country, the newly founded Japanese Ministry of Education...
  1. Nagano Prefecture

    Nagano Prefecture (長野県) is located in central Honshū and borders the prefectures of Niigata, Gunma, Saitama, Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu, and Toyama. Nagano is one of only eight landlocked prefectures. The terrain is mostly mountainous. The principal ranges include the Hida (飛騨山脈), the Kiso (木曽山脈), and Akaishi (赤石山脈), as well as the Mikuni (三国山) mountains. The major rivers are the Shinanogawa (信濃川), the Himegawa (姫川), the Kisogawa (木曽川), and the Tenryūgawa (天竜川). Due to the mountainous terrain and its distance from the sea, the climate is generally drier and cooler than in the...
  2. Matsumoto Castle

    Matsumoto Castle (松本城 Matsumoto-jō) is located in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, and is one of the most famous Japanese flatland castles (平城 hirashiro). It is also called “Crow Castle” (烏城 Karasu-jō) due to the dark outer walls of its keep and the roofs that resembled spreading wings. The castle was called initially Fukashi Castle and was constructed at the beginning of the Eishō Era (永正, 1504-1521), a period of constant civil war, by the Ogasawara Clan (小笠原氏) in Shinano, who moved from Igawa to the Hayashi district. The retainers of the Ogasawara settled and built the first...
  3. Matsumoto Travel Guide

    Matsumoto (松本) is located in central Nagano Prefecture and used to be a provincial capital from the eighth century. It was the base of the senior branch of the Ogasawara clan (小笠原氏), the shugo (守護, military governors) of the Shinano Province during the fourteenth and the fifteenth century and turned into a prosperous castle town during the Edo Period (1600-1868). The city is home to over 240,000 inhabitants as well as to Shinshū University (信州大学) and a Ground Self Defense Force base. The Matsumoto Basin is flanked by the Hida Mountains (飛騨山脈), part of the Northern Alps, on the west and...
  4. Kaichi School Museum

    In the wake of the Meiji Restoration and the subsequent drive to modernise the country, the newly founded Japanese Ministry of Education introduced a revised school system based strictly on the American model. Private Buddhist schools (寺子屋 terakoya, “temple schools”) were nationalised and schools run by the former domains converted into middle schools, fostering education for all children with no distinction between samurai and commoners. While school administration was modelled on foreign educational systems, the curriculum emphasised conservative, traditional ideals based on Confucianism...
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