400th Anniversary

Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Shimabara Castle Construction: “Castle on the Road: The Biography of Shigemasa Matsukura,” a story of Shigemasa Matsukura, the builder of Shimabara Castle

The story of Shigemasa Matsukura, the builder of Shimabara Castle, “Castle on the Sea Route: The Biography of Shigemasa Matsukura” by Yoshiyuki Amatsu.

This novel was created to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the construction of Shimabara Castle.
Shigemasa Matsukura, the man who built Shimabara Castle, is generally regarded as the villain who was responsible for the Shimabara Rebellion (Shimabara-Amakusa Revolt). However, before coming to Shimabara, he built a castle and castle town in Gojo, Nara, and even today, more than 400 years later, festivals are held in his honor. What was he thinking when he moved to Shimabara and built Shimabara Castle?

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Yoshiyuki Amatsu

Novelist, born in 1979 in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture. Lives in Ibaraki City, Osaka Prefecture. Graduated from Taisho University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Japanese Language and Literature. After working as a bookseller and writer for an editorial production, he is now a reporter for a trade newspaper. He won the 12th Nikkei Novel Award and made his debut with the award-winning novel “Risei no Hito: Takeruji and Masanari. He was nominated for the 12th New Writer’s Award of the Japan Association of Historical and Period Writers for “Aruji nashi to te” (Aruji no nashi tote).