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Old January 20th, 2016, 05:52 AM   #61
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Old January 20th, 2016, 06:01 AM   #62
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Old January 20th, 2016, 03:58 PM   #63
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Old January 20th, 2016, 06:11 PM   #64
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^interesting. How would Japanese castles fare against artillery like what would be used in Europe at, say, 1600?
Cannons and other firearms were introduced in Japan by the Portuguese in the mid 1500, this was during the Sengoku period, were everybody was fighting everybody. Despite that, cannons were not used because they were not effective.

The first reason is that castles were usually built on the top of a hill, and the surrounding areas would also be hilly, so it would be hard to find a suitable spot to position the cannons. Compare that to England and France (minus Alps and Pyrenees) which are for the most part flat. Napoleon had a huge trouble to cross the Alps with cannons to attack Italy, and even then he only crossed the Alps, he did not use the cannons there.

Second is what i mentioned earlier. Japanese castles did not have vertical stone and mortar walls, which would crack and collapse at impact. Instead, they had a pyramidal style, with a inward inclination, and the stones were placed loosely, without cement. This means that even if they took heavy blows, they could absorb the impact energy by each stone moving a little. It would be very hard to make it collapse. Also, the inclination of the wall means part of the blow is deflected upwards, so there's less energy available to do damage. The reason they designed castles like this is to survive earthquakes, which can be way more powerful than cannons.

This technology was also used in temples. The Horyu-ji pagoda was built in circa 600 AD, and still stands with the original structure (oldest wooden building in the world). It has a mass damper, consisting in a heavy wooden pillar at the center of the building. But this pillar is not used as a support for anything. It is actually free floating, and loosely connected to the rest of the structure. If there's an earthquake, it begins to move, and due to action/reaction, it softens the motions of the rest of the building. By the way, each story in a japanese tower or pagoda is not rigidly attached to the next one. They are free "floating" one on the top of the other. The motion of the mass damper prevents them from moving too far. This is how thin and tall pagodas survived 1400 years of earthquakes.
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Old January 28th, 2016, 07:57 PM   #65
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 09:47 AM   #66
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Hmmm by eastern Castle you mean middle eastern ? or east Asian castle , if you mean middle eastern i think eastern castle win hands dawn .
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