|KEY WORD : architecture / castles|
|Lit. water fortification. A dike constructed in the low-lying land between two mountains and filled with water to create a large moat to defend against an attacking enemy. The term appears in the NIHONSHOKI 日本書紀 (Chronicles of Japan; early 8c.) in reference to the mizuki constructed for the defense of Dazaifu 大宰府 in 664, Fukuoka prefecture.|
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