After leaving the Museum in Ina City, we travelled to the ruins of Takato Castle, the site where Takeda Shingen, his son and their retainers lost their battle against the forces of Oda Nobunaga, the first unifier of Japan. The battle that raged throughout the castle grounds is said to be one of the bloodiest and hardest fought battles (on both sides) of Sengoku Jidai. The cherry blossoms that bloom here in he spring are uniquely more red than in other parts of the country, and it is said that the “blood stained blossoms” serve as a memorial to the brave samurai who lost their lives honorably on the field of battle during a time of great national crisis. 🏯⛩🌸🇯🇵