JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Battle of Sekigahara Historic Site 関ヶ原古戦場
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Monument marking Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara.Apr 07, 2008
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Sign explaining that the two rocks below were said to be used as a bench and table for Ieyasu.Apr 07, 2008
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Behind the monuments is a trail probably used by Ieyasu's troops on Mt. Momokubari-yama.Apr 07, 2008
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Another smaller monument marking Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara.Apr 07, 2008
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Steps going up to Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara.Apr 07, 2008
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Monuments marking Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara. The banners have the Tokugawa family crest.Apr 07, 2008
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At the top, see the two large rocks which served as a table and bench for Ieyasu. 家康の腰掛岩と机石Apr 07, 2008
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View of the Sekigahara battlefield from Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp at Momokubari.Apr 07, 2008
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Sekigahara saw one of Japan's most pivotal battles on Oct. 21, 1600 (Sept. 15 of Keicho 5) between Tokugawa Ieyasu's Eastern Forces and Toyotomi Hideyoshi loyalist Ishida Mitsunari's Western Forces. Ieyasu's victory in the Battle of Sekigahara sealed Japan's historical fate for the next 250 years. The former battlefield is dotted with monuments indicating the positions of various warlords during the battle.
This photo shows Mt. Momokubari where Tokugawa Ieyasu first set up his base camp for the Battle of Sekigahara. It is next to busy Route 21. A short distance east of Sekigahara Station. The former Sekigahara battlefield has numerous monuments.
Apr 07, 2008
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Ieyasu and his troops were here from about 6 am to 10 am on the day of the Sekigahara battle. He later moved closer to the front line as the battle was going his way. This is a National Historic Place. 桃配山 徳川家康最初陣跡Apr 07, 2008
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Banners and a monument mark the spot on Mt. Momokubari where Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp was established during the Battle of Sekigahara on Sept. 15, 1600.Apr 07, 2008
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Steps going up to Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp at Momokubari during the Battle of Sekigahara on Oct. 21, 1600 (Sept. 15 of Keicho 5). Today it's just a small hill. The highway seemed to have cut through most of it.Apr 07, 2008
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Shimazu YoshihiroJan 16, 2007
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Art park to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the battle in the year 2000. Near the Shimazu position.Jan 16, 2007
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Path to/from Shimazu Yoshihiro's monument.Jan 16, 2007
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Shimazu YoshihiroJan 16, 2007
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Hill where Shimazu was.Jan 16, 2007
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Fukushima Masanori's position and shrine.Jan 16, 2007
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Monument for Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.Jan 16, 2007
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Site where the battle started as seen from Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.Jan 16, 2007
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Monument marking the site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.Jan 16, 2007
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Path to Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.Jan 16, 2007
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Monument for Shimazu Yoshihiro from Satsuma (Kagoshima). Ishida asked for his assistance at 10 am, but was refused.Jan 16, 2007
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Signs show the way and distance to the various monuments.Jan 16, 2007
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Site of Fukushima Masanori's position. 福島正則陣跡Jan 16, 2007
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Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.Jan 16, 2007
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Banners mark the site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.Jan 16, 2007
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Monument at West Burial Site, Nishi KubizukaJan 16, 2007
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Monument marking Fukushima Masanori's position.Jan 16, 2007
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Rear view of monument marking the site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.Jan 16, 2007
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Site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.Jan 16, 2007
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West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚Jan 16, 2007
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Banners with Kyogoku Takatomo's crest.Jan 16, 2007
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Memorial shrineJan 16, 2007
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West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚Jan 16, 2007
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Site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position now within the grounds of junior high school. 藤堂高虎・京極高知陣跡Jan 16, 2007
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Site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.Jan 16, 2007
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East Burial Site, where the decapitated heads of the Western force leaders were buried. 東首塚Jan 16, 2007
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Monument at West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚Jan 16, 2007
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West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚Jan 16, 2007
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West Burial Site for the corposes of West Forces leaders. Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚Jan 16, 2007
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Monument marking Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position. 井伊直政・松平忠吉 陣跡Jan 16, 2007
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Monument marking Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position. 井伊直政・松平忠吉 陣跡Jan 16, 2007
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Well where the decapitated heads of Western Force leaders were washed.Jan 16, 2007
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Site where the battle started and Mt. Matsuo in the background.Jan 16, 2007
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East Burial Site, where the decapitated heads of the Western force leaders were buried. 東首塚Jan 16, 2007
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Memorial treeJan 16, 2007
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Monument for Konishi Yukinaga's station. 小西 行長陣跡Jan 16, 2007
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Area around Konishi Yukinaga's position.Jan 16, 2007
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Monument marking the site where the Sekigahara battle started. 開戦地Jan 16, 2007
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Path to Konishi Yukinaga's station, near where the battle started.Jan 16, 2007
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Panoramic view of where the Battle of Sekigahara started. Most battle monuments are within walking distance from the train station, but they are numerous and spread over a wide area.The battle started at the foot of the hill on the left of the road. The small hill on the right was where Shimazu Yoshihiro was stationed. Mt. Ibuki is in the background in the middle.Jan 16, 2007
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Monument marking Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position.Jan 16, 2007
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Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position, near Sekigahara Station. And also next to Higashi Kubizuka.Jan 16, 2007
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Monument for Konishi Yukinaga's station. 小西 行長陣跡Jan 16, 2007
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Monument for Konishi Yukinaga's station. 小西 行長陣跡Jan 16, 2007
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Banners mark the site where the battle started.Jan 16, 2007
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Banner with Ukita Hideie's crest.Jan 16, 2007
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Monument marking the site where the Sekigahara battle started at 8 am on Sept. 15, 1600 (Oct. 21 Western calendar) with Ii Naomasa firing upon Ukita Hideie.Jan 16, 2007
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Path to the Kaisenchi or site where the battle started, at the foot of the hill straight ahead. 開戦地Jan 16, 2007
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The battle started at the foot of the hill on the left of the road. The small hill on the right was where Shimazu Yoshihiro was stationed. Mt. Ibuki is in the background in the middle.Jan 16, 2007
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Weapons used in battleJan 06, 2007
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Warlord banners, left to right: Kuroda, Fukushima, Honda, and Tokugawa.Jan 06, 2007
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Profiles of Western ForcesJan 06, 2007
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Inside Sekigahara Town History and Folklore Museum 関ヶ原町歴史民俗資料館Jan 06, 2007
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Illustration of Mt. Matsuo where Lord Kobayakawa Hideaki was based.Jan 06, 2007
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Samurai armor with matchlock gun bullet holes.Created by an experiment with matchlock gun fired at the body armor at over 50 meters aways, piercing both the front and back body armor.Jan 06, 2007
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Sekigahara Town History and Folklore Museum 関ヶ原町歴史民俗資料館Jan 06, 2007
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2nd floorJan 06, 2007
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Conch shell for battle.Jan 06, 2007
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Marker for Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base CampJan 06, 2007
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Warlord bannersJan 06, 2007
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Profiles of neutral armiesJan 06, 2007
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Explanatory map of the Battle of SekigaharaJan 06, 2007
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Ishida Mitsunari, age 41 at the time of the battleJan 06, 2007
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp at Jinbano. At 10 am, he moved here from Mt. Momokubari to be closer to the front line. 陣場野 徳川家康最後陣跡Jan 06, 2007
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CannonJan 06, 2007
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Marker for Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base CampJan 06, 2007
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Map of battlefield for Western Forces. Also see Ishida Mitsunari Birthplace in Nagahama, Shiga.Jan 06, 2007
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Statue of Lord Takenaka Hanbei 竹中半兵衛重治Jan 06, 2007
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Unique helmets worn by warlords on the battlefield.Jan 06, 2007
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Illustration of Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp where he inspected the heads of his defeated enemies.Jan 06, 2007
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Explanatory map of the Battle of SekigaharaJan 06, 2007
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Battlefield as seen from the final battle site. Thousands died here. The battlefield is a small plain surrounded by hills and mountains.Jan 06, 2007
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Sekigahara Town History and Folklore Museum 関ヶ原町歴史民俗資料館Near Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp.Jan 06, 2007
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Lookout deck with a bird's eye view of the battlefield.Jan 06, 2007
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Marker for Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base CampJan 06, 2007
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp at Jinbano 陣場野 徳川家康最後陣跡Jan 06, 2007
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Inside Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base CampJan 06, 2007
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Monument for the final battle. By 1 pm, Ishida's Western Forces fell apart, and Ishida fled the scene at 2 pm. 決戦地Jan 06, 2007
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp at Jinbano 陣場野 徳川家康最後陣跡Jan 06, 2007
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Mt. Sasaoyama and stone monument marking Ishida Mitsunari's base camp.Jan 06, 2007
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Sekigahara Battlefield and Mt. Matsuo 関ヶ原古戦場Jan 06, 2007
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Monument for the final battle, about 1 km in front of Mt. Sasaoyama, where the fighting was the fiercest. 決戦地The left banner has the Ishida Mitsunari's crest and the right banner has the Tokugawa crest.Jan 06, 2007
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Map on lookout deck.Jan 06, 2007
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Sekigahara Battlefield, now occupied mainly by rice paddies, a school, and homes. 関ヶ原古戦場Jan 06, 2007
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Steps up to the top of Mt. Sasaoyama.Jan 06, 2007
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Top of Mt. Sasaoyama and stone monumentJan 06, 2007
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Mt. Sasaoyama and stone monument marking Ishida Mitsunari's base camp.Jan 06, 2007
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Top of Mt. SasaoyamaJan 06, 2007
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Mt. Sasaoyama and stone marker. 笹尾山Jan 06, 2007
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Barriers and steps looking down the slope.Jan 06, 2007
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Lookout deck on Mt. Sasao. 笹尾山Jan 06, 2007
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Ishida Mitsunari's banner with his family crest.Jan 06, 2007
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Foot of Mt. Sasaoyama, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp. 笹尾山 石田三成陣跡Jan 06, 2007
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Defensive barriers on Mt. Sasaoyama, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp. 笹尾山 石田三成陣跡Jan 06, 2007
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Foot of Mt. Sasao, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp. 笹尾山 石田三成陣跡Jan 06, 2007
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Mt. Sasaoyama, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp, as seen from the final battlefield. 笹尾山Jan 06, 2007
 
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