Wakigami is the capital of Yamato Province, and the seat of the Hashinara Clan. The city enjoys a strong, easily defended position in the center of a mass of mountainous terrain, perched on a low summit only accessible by easily-watched roads and causeways. Above the town itself towers Wakigami Castle, an imposing structure more defensible yet, held historically by the Hashinara.
The city of Wakigami itself is divided into several districts, each of which has a district manager who reports directly to the castle. The mercantile district, in the north, handles the business of trade in and out of the town, as well as hosting Wakigami’s markets in several open areas designed specifically for the purpose.
South of this, in the center of the city, the Canal District is built around a river which cuts through the city, sourced by rainfall and meltwater from the mountains around it. This canal is an important part of Wakigami’s infrastructure, as it not only provides clean drinking water for the citizens, but also allows a way for goods to be safely transported on small barges to the base of the mountain, without the trouble of navigating the winding paths leading down from the city. In summer, various harmless water-dwelling Youkai are known to frolic through the river, most notable among them being the Kappa, which usually shun human civilization. The priests at Todai-ji turn a blind eye to these visitors, but are sure to eliminate any more dangerous specimens.
In the Western quarter of the city is the Noble District, in which the several families of good standing and ancestry hold land and manors. These families ostensibly have a hand in the ruling of the city, and each of the district managers have holdings in this area. In practice, however, they bow unquestioningly to the will of the Hashinara Clan.
The Eastern portion of Wakigami is dominated by Wakigami Castle. Some trade and business occurs within the castle gates, and many servants, cooks, and other laborers enter and leave each day. Beyond these, however, the castle is traditionally closed to the common people, and even families in good standing may only enter with the Daimyo’s permission.
Finally, the Southern quarter is the residential portion of the city, and by far the largest. It is here that the peasants and citizens of ordinary standing have their homes, and the standard of living is relatively high. The most Southern part of this area is home to some slums, which house criminals and the homeless, but even these locations are patrolled by guards during the day, and are only truly dangerous at night.