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Mt. Momokubari is 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.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.
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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.
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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
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Steps going up to Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp 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.
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Steps going up to Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara.
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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
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Monuments marking Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara. The banners have the Tokugawa family crest.
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View of the Sekigahara battlefield from Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp.
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Monument marking Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara.
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Another smaller monument marking Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara.
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Sign explaining that the two rocks below were said to be used as a bench and table for Ieyasu.
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Behind the monuments is a trail probably used by Ieyasu's troops on Mt. Momokubari-yama.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Banners mark the site where the battle started.
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Monument marking the site where the Sekigahara battle started. 開戦地
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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.
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Entrance to Sekigahara Warland
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Anegawa River was the site of a major battle with Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu defeating Azai Nagamasa and the Asakura clan on Aug. 9 1570. The area was left with so many dead that the river ran red.Local place names such as Chibara (Blood Field) stuck. Looking toward Nomura-bashi Bridge where the Anegawa battle monument stands.
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Banner with Ukita Hideie's crest.
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Battle Museum 合戦資料館
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Nomura-bashi Bridge crosses Anegawa River. This is where Oda Nobunaga battled the Azai clan.
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Path to Konishi Yukinaga's station, near where the battle started.
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Inside museum with a map of the battle
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Monument for Konishi Yukinaga's station. 小西 行長陣跡
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Warland path
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Battle monument
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Monument for Konishi Yukinaga's station. 小西 行長陣跡
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Yamauchi Kazutoyo
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Anegawa River Battle Memorial
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Monument for Konishi Yukinaga's station. 小西 行長陣跡
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Anegawa River Battle Memorial, rear view with the battle date engraved.
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Area around Konishi Yukinaga's position.
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Front view of Anegawa River Battle Memorial where Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu defeated Azai Nagamasa and the Asakura clan on Aug. 9 1570.
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Site where the battle started and Mt. Matsuo in the background.
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Matchlock guns
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Anegawa River Battle Memorial, dedicated to the war dead
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Kobayakawa Hideaki on Mt. Matsuo who turned against Ishida Mitsunari and helped Ieyasu win the battle.
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The battle site is next to Nomura village. Nobunaga and the Azai called it the Battle at Nomura.
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Next to the battle memorial is another monument.
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Mt. Sasaoyama, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp, as seen from the final battlefield. 笹尾山
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Foot of Mt. Sasaoyama, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp. 笹尾山 石田三成陣跡
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Foot of Mt. Sasao, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp. 笹尾山 石田三成陣跡
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Battle map showing the position of the opposing armies.
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Defensive barriers on Mt. Sasaoyama, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp. 笹尾山 石田三成陣跡
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Ishida Mitsunari on Mt. Sasaoyama
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Sign indicating the site of the Battle at Anegawa River.
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Ishida Mitsunari on Mt. Sasaoyama
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This is where the Azai and Oda Nobunaga armies clashed.
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Hand-to-hand combat
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Ishida Mitsunari's banner with his family crest.
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Heads of the enemy
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Signs indicating the Battle of Anegawa River. This is next to the battle memorial.
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Evidence of victory
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Mt. Ibuki was witness to the battle.
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Barriers and steps looking down the slope.
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Tokugawa Ieyasu at his base camp
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Anegawa River, where thousands lay dead after the battle.
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Steps up to the top of Mt. Sasaoyama.
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Tokugawa Ieyasu inspecting the head of his enemies at his base camp
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Anegawa River is a shallow river.
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Lookout deck on Mt. Sasao. 笹尾山
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Tokugawa allies at his base camp
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Anegawa River ran red with the blood of fallen warriors in Aug. 1570.
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Mt. Sasaoyama and stone marker. 笹尾山
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Anegawa River
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Mt. Sasaoyama and stone monument marking Ishida Mitsunari's base camp.
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Sekigahara Warland
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Anegawa River
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Mt. Sasaoyama and stone monument marking Ishida Mitsunari's base camp.
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Memorial for the fallen warriors at the Battle of Sekigahara
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Anegawa River
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Memorial for the fallen warriors at the Battle of Sekigahara, built in 2000, the 400th anniversary.
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Anegawa River
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Top of Mt. Sasaoyama
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Top of Mt. Sasaoyama and stone monument
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Lookout deck with a bird's eye view of the battlefield.
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On the other side of this Anegawa River were Oda Nobunaga's forces.
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Map on lookout deck.
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Nomura-bashi Bridge in the distance.
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Sekigahara Battlefield, now occupied mainly by rice paddies, a school, and homes. 関ヶ原古戦場
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Sekigahara Battlefield and Mt. Matsuo 関ヶ原古戦場
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Map of battlefield for Western Forces. Also see Ishida Mitsunari Birthplace in Nagahama, Shiga.
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Anegawa River, looking upstream
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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.
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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
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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.
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Beyond the river on the other side were the Azai clan.
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp at Jinbano 陣場野 徳川家康最後陣跡
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Fallen tree on riverbed
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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
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Position of the Azai clan
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp at Jinbano 陣場野 徳川家康最後陣跡
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Position of the Azai clan
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Illustration of Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp where he inspected the heads of his defeated enemies.
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Inside Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp
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Marker for Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp
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Marker for Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp
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Marker for Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp
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Mt. Ibuki
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Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position, near Sekigahara Station. And also next to Higashi Kubizuka.
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Monument marking Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position.
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Monument marking Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position. 井伊直政・松平忠吉 陣跡
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Monument marking Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position. 井伊直政・松平忠吉 陣跡
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East Burial Site, where the decapitated heads of the Western force leaders were buried. 東首塚
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Memorial tree
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Position of Oda Nobunaga's forces, the river is on the left.
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Nomura-bashi bus stop. Get off here to visit the Anegawa River battle site.
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Well where the decapitated heads of Western Force leaders were washed.
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East Burial Site, where the decapitated heads of the Western force leaders were buried. 東首塚
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Memorial shrine
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West Burial Site for the corposes of West Forces leaders. Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚
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West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚
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Monument at West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚
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West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚
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West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚
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Monument at West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka
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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
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Site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.
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Banners mark the site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.
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Monument marking the site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.
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Banners with Kyogoku Takatomo's crest.
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Rear view of monument marking the site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.
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Site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.
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Site of Fukushima Masanori's position. 福島正則陣跡
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Fukushima Masanori's position and shrine.
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Monument marking Fukushima Masanori's position.
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Signs show the way and distance to the various monuments.
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Path to Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.
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Hill where Shimazu was.
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Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.
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Monument for Shimazu Yoshihiro from Satsuma (Kagoshima). Ishida asked for his assistance at 10 am, but was refused.
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Monument for Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.
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Shimazu Yoshihiro
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Shimazu Yoshihiro
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Site where the battle started as seen from Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.
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Path to/from Shimazu Yoshihiro's monument.
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Art park to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the battle in the year 2000. Near the Shimazu position.
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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.
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Sekigahara Town History and Folklore Museum 関ヶ原町歴史民俗資料館
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Explanatory map of the Battle of Sekigahara
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Explanatory map of the Battle of Sekigahara
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Statue of Lord Takenaka Hanbei 竹中半兵衛重治
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Inside Sekigahara Town History and Folklore Museum 関ヶ原町歴史民俗資料館
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Unique helmets worn by warlords on the battlefield.
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Conch shell for battle.
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Cannon
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Ishida Mitsunari, age 41 at the time of the battle
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Illustration of Mt. Matsuo where Lord Kobayakawa Hideaki was based.
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Warlord banners
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Warlord banners, left to right: Kuroda, Fukushima, Honda, and Tokugawa.
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Profiles of neutral armies
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Profiles of Western Forces
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2nd floor
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Weapons used in battle
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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.
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In front of Sensoji temple's Hozomon Gate are battledore stalls on both sides.
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Battledore stalls
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Asakusa Hagoita-ichi Battledore Fair, Dec. 17-19
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Battledore stalls
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Asakusa Hagoita-ichi Battledore Fair, Dec. 17-19
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Battledores were originally used to play a game called hanetsuki, similar to badminton with a shuttlecock. The battledores are now mainly used to dispel bad luck and for decoration.
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Asakusa Hagoita-ichi Battledore Fair, Dec. 17-19
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Maiko
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Battledore
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Prices and sizes of battledores vary widely. They can be small and as cheap as 1,000 yen. This one is about 18,000 yen.
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Kabuki actor
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Spiderman
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Cartoon characters such as Anpan Man
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Treasure Boat
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The Battledore Fair is held at night as well.
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Battledore stalls and 5-story pagoda
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Hozomon Gate paper lantern and hagoita stalls
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Hagoita battledores made in the past with past celebrities.
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Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka
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Konishiki (made when he retired)
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Mouse
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More battledore stalls are on the side of Sensoji temple.
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Sports figures
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Baseball rivals
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Ichiro
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Looking for the right one.
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Also see my YouTube video here.
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Hello Kitty
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Maiko
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Fuji Musume (Wisteria Maiden)
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Kabuki actor
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Renjishi lion dancers
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Battledore stalls
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