[Tagging] How one may tag object as castle?

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Sun Oct 11 11:24:21 UTC 2015

> On Oct 11, 2015, at 3:25 PM, Mateusz Konieczny <matkoniecz at gmail.com> wrote:
> Castle as in "a type of fortified structure built in Europe and the
> Middle East during the Middle Ages by nobility".

We'll have to append "and Asia" on that. There are castles all over Japan (China too?), and I know at least one is a unesco world heritage site. 

The nice thing About Japanese castles is that they are clearly named and clearly castles - there is very little confusion on what is a castle and what is some other structure. 

While Himeji-jo is the most famous, I'm fond of the "Black Crow" castle - Matsumoto-jo


Definition Attempt:

Usually an existing fortified, physically isolated (through walls/moats/topography), and vertically dominant structure used (when active) not only for protection of leadership, but also as a base for controlling the surrounding area politically, economically, and militarily. 

Tagging:  When still existing, castles are usually historic attractions. If he structure is damaged beyond recognition or partially destroyed/abandoned, then its a ruin, or if just the raised ground base of the castle remains, just a historic attraction. Only a structure that is whole enough to be recognized as a castle should be tagged as a castle. Partial ruins or remaining grounds should not be tagged as a castle, but as [insert proper ruins historic tag here].  This tag does not apply to modern structures styled to look like a castle (Like Disneyland's). 

This "raisedbase/pad" is a very common occurrence in Japan - there are three bases of razed and deconstructed castles in my city area alone. They are parks and/or historic sites now, not a stone left to even be a ruin.


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