Sawayama Castle excavation captures romance of feudal Japan

Archaeologists working on the excavation of Sawayama Castle in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, hope that their discoveries will give new understanding to its owner, Ishida Mitsunari, whose defeat marked the end of the feudal Sengoku (Warring States) period.

"I hope it will offer us a good opportunity to make Mitsunari better known to the public as a man of extreme fidelity," said one fan of Japanese feudal history. So far, experts have found the remains of the castle's moats.