JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Lord Ishida Mitsunari was born in 1560 in Ishida village in Nagahama, Shiga Pref. You can see the site of his birthplace by bus from Nagahama Station. Get off at the Ishida bus stop. MAPHis birthplace and former residence have monuments dedicated to this fallen but revered leader of the Western Forces which lost to Tokugawa Ieyasu at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. He was a protégé and main samurai retainer of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
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Little stone marker and shrine next to the bus stop.
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Ishida Mitsunari is most famous for the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 when he unsuccessfully led his Western Forces against Tokugawa Ieyasu's Eastern Forces
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Steel sculpture depicting Ishida Mitsunari giving tea to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Ishida-cho, Nagahama, Shiga Pref.
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Steel sculpture depicting Ishida Mitsunari giving tea to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The road on the left goes to the site of his former residence.
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Monument and bus stop
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Road on left goes to Ishida's former residence.
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Road to Kan'onji temple and marker of Ishida Mitsunari's estate
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Marker of Ishida Mitsunari's estate
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Site of Ishida Mitsunari's former residence. 石田三成屋敷跡
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The property is now occupied by the Ishida Kaikan public hall and monuments. 石田三成屋敷跡 石田会館
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Monument marking Ishida Mitsunari's former residence.
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Monument marking Ishida Mitsunari's former residence.
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Public hall
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Inside public hall
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Monuments on the property
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Stone monument for Ishida Mitsunari Birthplace 石田三成公出生地
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Statue of Ishida Mitsunari at his former residence in Nagahama.
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Statue of Ishida Mitsunari
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Poem about Ishida Mitsunari
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Scenery behind the public hall.
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Behind the public hall.
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Poem about the Battle of Sekigahara.
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Guide map to places in the area related to Ishida Mitsunari.
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Nearby Hachiman Shrine.
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Hachiman Shrine torii
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Hachiman Shrine is next to the Ishida Mitsunari memorial.
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Ishida Jinja Shrine
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Ishida Jinja Shrine
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Ishida Shrine
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Entrance to Ishida Shrine 石田神社 供養塔
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Ishida Mitsunari Memorial
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Ishida Mitsunari Memorial 石田三成供養塔
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Ishida Mitsunari Memorial
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Poem
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You can see related memorials at the Sekigahara Battlefield.
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Cycling road sign near bus stop.
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Iga-Ueno's Ueno Park includes this beautiful building called the Haisei-den (俳聖殿), a hall dedicated to Haiku poet Matsuo Basho who was from Iga-Ueno.
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A short walk from Iga-Ueno Castle and almost next to the ninja house, the Haisei-den was built in 1942 to mark the 300th anniversary of Basho's birth.
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The building was designed by architect Ito Chota (1867-1954) (伊東 忠太) who designed numerous shrine and temple buildings in the 1920s and '30s, including Tsukiji Hongwanji temple in Tokyo.
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The Haisei-den was designed to look like Basho in travel clothing. The top roof resembles a hat, and the lower roof resembles his straw raincoat. Cherry blossoms were in bloom.
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Haisei-den and wisteria in bloom. The Basho Matsuri Festival is a poetry reading held here on Oct. 12.
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Inside the Haisei-den is a ceramic statue of Basho.
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Iga-yaki ceramic statue of Basho inside the Haisei-den.
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A short walk from Ueno Park is the Basho Oseika (芭蕉翁生家) or Basho's childhood home. Iga is the birthplace of Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), and the house where he grew up in still stands.
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The house is open to the public as a tourist attraction (admission 300 yen). The house was rebuilt after it being damaged by a large earthquake in 1854.
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Room inside Basho's childhood home.
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Small door to the kitchen. People must have been pretty short then.
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Kitchen area with a well on the left and stoves toward the right.
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Water well
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Kitchen stoves
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Toilets and bath
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Urinal
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The back of the house is Basho's study called Chogetsuken (釣月軒) where he wrote the Kai-ooi (貝おほい) series of poems.
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Inside the Chogetsuken study. 釣月軒
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The study is a very simple, yet aesthetic and meditative-looking room.
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Statue of Basho at Ueno-shi Station.
     
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