備中高松城水攻め（Cutting off water supply.）
Brief Explanation of Takamatsujo Castle, and it “MIZUZEME”
In 1582, there was a battle in this part of the country.
It is said that Hideyoshi Hashiba (a retainer of Nobunaga Oda) and his 30,000 soldiers attacked Muneharu Shimizu, the Lord of Takamatsujo Castle, who was fighting under a powerful lord by the name of Mori.
This is where Takamatsujo Castle was located and its environs are where this famous battle took place.
In only 12 days, Hideyoshi built a mighty bank of some 3,000 meters in length in order to divert the rain swollen waters of the Ashimori River, thus flooding the environs of the castle and forcing Muneharu into isolation. These tactics, so called “mizuzeme”, are very unusual in Japanese military history.
In the end, Muneharu made up his mind to surrender. He committed “hara-kiri” on condition that the lives of his 5,000 retainers would be spared. His burial site is in this park and it testifies to his honorable death.
鯉山学区連合町内会 会長 練尾賢治