Osaka Castle
By AA, Pieter van der , 1669

Afbeeldinge vant Maghtich Keyserlyck Casteel Osacca geleegen int groot Ryck Jappan besuyden de Stadt Osacca inde provinsie Qioo Chateau d’Osacca situe dans Province de Quio

Asia Japan
  • Author: AA, Pieter van der
  • Publication place: [Leiden
  • Publisher: Pieter van der Aa
  • Publication date: 1728].
  • Physical description: Engraved view.
  • Dimensions: 315 by 368mm. (12.5 by 14.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 15903


A view of Osaka castle from Pieter van der Aa’s ‘La Galerie Agreable du Monde’, 1728.

Osaka Castle is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.

At the centre of the print is the main tower of Osaka Castle, situated on a plot of land roughly one square kilometre. It is built on two raised platforms of landfill supported by sheer walls of cut rock, using a technique called Burdock piling, each overlooking a moat. The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and built atop a tall stone foundation to protect the inhabitants.