Yagura

Yagura (櫓, 矢倉?) is the Japanese word for: "tower", "turret", "keep", "scaffold". The word is most often seen in reference to structures within Japanese castle compounds, but can be used in a variety of other situations as well. The bandstand tower erected for Bon Festival is often called a yagura, as are similar structures used in other festivals. Yagura-daiko, that is, taiko drumming from atop a yagura is a traditional part of professional sumo competitions.

The term originally derives from the use of fortress towers as arrow (矢, ya) storehouses (倉, kura), and was thus originally written as 矢倉. Today, modern towers such as skyscrapers or communications towers are almost exclusively referred to or named using the English-derived word tawā (タワー), and not yagura.

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Akashi Castle - Cultural Property
... by Japanese government Hitsujisaru Yagura Tatsumi Yagura These two yagura, or towers, are the castle's only remaining buildings ...
Hikone Castle - History
... are designated Important National Cultural Assets Umaya (Stable), Tenbin Yagura (Balance Scale Turret), Taikomon Yagura (Drum Gate Turret) and Nishinomaru Sanju Yagura (West Bailey ...
Yagura - Castle Towers
... Japan has rarely feared invasion or maintained border forts ... However, it is not unlikely that various types of guardtowers or watchtowers would have been kept, outside of larger castle compounds, at various times and places throughout Japan's history ...
Fukuoka Castle - More About The Castle - Aftermath
... the following seven structures, which survived Tamon Yagura (Minami-no-maru Nishi-hira-yagura)--Located on the top of the western wall of the Minami-no-maru ... Hanami Yagura (Cherry-blossom-viewing Yagura)--Located in the southwestern corner of the inner castle Moved to Sofuku-ji Temple Being returned to its original location ... Shiomi Yagura (Sea-water-watching Yagura)--Located in the northwestern corner of the inner castle Moved to Sofuku-ji Temple Being returned to its original ...
Ōzu Castle - History
... In 1888 the keep was destroyed by a fire, though the two yagura, or towers, that were connected by corridors to the keep were saved ... that connected the keep to the yagura ... A small museum about the history of the castle is housed in the keep and yagura ...