Osaka Castle

By AA, Pieter van der, 1669 

Afbeeldinge vant Maghtich Keyserlyck Casteel Osacca geleegen int groot Ryck Jappan besuyden de Stadt Osacca inde provinsie Qioo Chateau d’Osacca situe dans Province de Quio

Asia Japan
  • Author: AA, Pieter van der
  • Publication place: [Leiden
  • Publisher: Pieter van der Aa
  • Publication date: 1728].
  • Physical description: Engraved view.
  • Dimensions: 315 by 368mm. (12.5 by 14.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 15903


A view of Osaka castle from Pieter van der Aa’s La Galerie Agreable du Monde’, 1728.

Osaka Castle is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.

At the centre of the print is the main tower of Osaka Castle, situated on a plot of land roughly one square kilometre. It is built on two raised platforms of landfill supported by sheer walls of cut rock, using a technique called Burdock piling, each overlooking a moat. The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and built atop a tall stone foundation to protect the inhabitants.