[Tagging] How one may tag object as castle?

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Mon Oct 12 21:11:32 UTC 2015

> On Oct 12, 2015, at 1:18 PM, Marc Gemis <marc.gemis at gmail.com> wrote:
> This historic places map has a list of castle types, http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/DE:Historical_Objects/Karteneigenschaften
> There is "Shiro" in the list, which is marked a Japanese Burg.

Its up now and I looked through it. 

I take it "berg" is German for castle?

I was suggesting a better (english) definition for castle, as there are castles all over Japan, albeit many are rebuilt (in a period accurate method) because only the very large footings are stone. The rest is wood. The wood construction, using whole trees as supports for the castle towers, is because the flexibility of the structures was necessary for earthquakes - stone castles would have collapsed after an earthquake or two. Between the stone footing shifting in earthquakes (recently damaging Matsumoto-Jo), fire (claiming many castles in battle), and rot (himeji-jo recently went through its scheduled renovation to replace the removable support tree trunks with new ones AFAIK), the wood castles present a "grandfather's axe" issue. But as with other historic buildings rebuilt after a disaster (the gold temple was rebuilt in the 50s) they basically look at heavy repair as "maintenance" of the structure, since damage or fire is inevitable. 

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