[Tagging] How one may tag object as castle?

Marc Gemis marc.gemis at gmail.com
Mon Oct 12 04:18:33 UTC 2015

This historic places map has a list of castle types,
There is "Shiro" in the list, which is marked a Japanese Burg.

Unfortunately, there website is out of service at the moment due to hard
disk problems.



On Sun, Oct 11, 2015 at 1:24 PM, John Willis <johnw at mac.com> wrote:

> > 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
> https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/javbw/11091222754/
> 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.
> Javbw
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