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Premodern History of Odawara (4343 words)
During his administration of Odawara he had begun vast reforms in many areas, such as taxes: before his time, generally half, and as much as seventy percent, of farmers' produce went to taxes; during his reign, this amount was reduced to the point that only forty percent was taken as tax.
Odawara was well-known for its uido (a medicine which every traveler carried), wood inlays, ume boshi, shiokara or salted fish guts, kamboko or boiled fish paste, and, although it didn't apply to tourists, later guns and cannons.
Odawara, slowly developing over thousands of years into what, under the Hojo family during the Warring States period, was the center of power and development of the Kanto plane, was struck the double blow in the Edo period of the financial difficulties which crippled the entire nation, as well as constant, debilitating natural disasters.
Odawara Castle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (235 words)
) is a landmark in the city of Odawara in Kanagawa Prefecture.
Odawara Castle had very strong defenses, because it was situated on a hill, surrounded by moats with water on the low side, and dry ditches on the hill side, with banks, walls and cliffs located all around the castle, enabled the defenders to repel attacks by the great warriors Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen.
During the Edo period, Odawara's strategic location on the Tōkaidō, between mountainous Hakone and Sagami Bay, gave it great strategic importance.
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