JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Battle of Sekigahara Historic Site 関ヶ原古戦場
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Samurai armor with matchlock gun bullet holes.1439 viewsCreated 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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Weapons used in battle1008 views
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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. 924 viewsIeyasu'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.
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Unique helmets worn by warlords on the battlefield.794 views
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Explanatory map of the Battle of Sekigahara755 views
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Map of battlefield for Western Forces. Also see Ishida Mitsunari Birthplace in Nagahama, Shiga.693 views
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Statue of Lord Takenaka Hanbei 竹中半兵衛重治574 views
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Illustration of Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp where he inspected the heads of his defeated enemies.544 views
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View of the Sekigahara battlefield from Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp at Momokubari.522 views
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Map on lookout deck.519 views
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Explanatory map of the Battle of Sekigahara505 views
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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.505 viewsThe 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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Banners mark the site where the battle started.500 views
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Warlord banners, left to right: Kuroda, Fukushima, Honda, and Tokugawa.498 views
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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472 views
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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.459 views
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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, 1600.454 views
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Defensive barriers on Mt. Sasaoyama, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp. 笹尾山 石田三成陣跡445 views
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2nd floor437 views
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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417 views
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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.407 views
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Illustration of Mt. Matsuo where Lord Kobayakawa Hideaki was based.402 views
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Mt. Sasaoyama, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp, as seen from the final battlefield. 笹尾山386 views
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Ishida Mitsunari, age 41 at the time of the battle386 views
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Steps going up to Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara.385 views
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Banner with Ukita Hideie's crest.381 views
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Ishida Mitsunari's banner with his family crest.380 views
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Profiles of neutral armies369 views
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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363 views
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Foot of Mt. Sasaoyama, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp. 笹尾山 石田三成陣跡356 views
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Foot of Mt. Sasao, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp. 笹尾山 石田三成陣跡353 views
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Profiles of Western Forces352 views
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Monument marking the site where the Sekigahara battle started. 開戦地342 views
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Warlord banners335 views
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Cannon333 views
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Monuments marking Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara. The banners have the Tokugawa family crest.333 views
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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.327 views
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Site where the battle started and Mt. Matsuo in the background.323 views
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Sekigahara Battlefield, now occupied mainly by rice paddies, a school, and homes. 関ヶ原古戦場322 views
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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293 viewsThe left banner has the Ishida Mitsunari's crest and the right banner has the Tokugawa crest.
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Path to Konishi Yukinaga's station, near where the battle started.292 views
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Monument for Konishi Yukinaga's station. 小西 行長陣跡284 views
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Lookout deck with a bird's eye view of the battlefield.278 views
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Conch shell for battle.278 views
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Monument marking Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara.278 views
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Sekigahara Town History and Folklore Museum 関ヶ原町歴史民俗資料館277 views
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Barriers and steps looking down the slope.276 views
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Inside Sekigahara Town History and Folklore Museum 関ヶ原町歴史民俗資料館276 views
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Area around Konishi Yukinaga's position.275 views
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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.273 views
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Behind the monuments is a trail probably used by Ieyasu's troops on Mt. Momokubari-yama.272 views
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Lookout deck on Mt. Sasao. 笹尾山270 views
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Sign explaining that the two rocks below were said to be used as a bench and table for Ieyasu.267 views
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Well where the decapitated heads of Western Force leaders were washed.266 views
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Monument for Konishi Yukinaga's station. 小西 行長陣跡263 views
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Sekigahara Battlefield and Mt. Matsuo 関ヶ原古戦場257 views
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Another smaller monument marking Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara.245 views
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Mt. Sasaoyama and stone marker. 笹尾山241 views
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East Burial Site, where the decapitated heads of the Western force leaders were buried. 東首塚240 views
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Steps up to the top of Mt. Sasaoyama.238 views
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Monument for Konishi Yukinaga's station. 小西 行長陣跡238 views
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Sekigahara Town History and Folklore Museum 関ヶ原町歴史民俗資料館237 viewsNear Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp.
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Inside Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp234 views
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Monument marking Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position. 井伊直政・松平忠吉 陣跡234 views
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Site where the battle started as seen from Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.230 views
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East Burial Site, where the decapitated heads of the Western force leaders were buried. 東首塚227 views
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Banners mark the site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.223 views
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West Burial Site for the corposes of West Forces leaders. Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚221 views
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Mt. Sasaoyama and stone monument marking Ishida Mitsunari's base camp.218 views
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Banners with Kyogoku Takatomo's crest.217 views
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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216 views
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Art park to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the battle in the year 2000. Near the Shimazu position.215 views
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Top of Mt. Sasaoyama214 views
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Memorial shrine214 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp at Jinbano 陣場野 徳川家康最後陣跡212 views
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West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚212 views
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Mt. Sasaoyama and stone monument marking Ishida Mitsunari's base camp.205 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp at Jinbano 陣場野 徳川家康最後陣跡205 views
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Shimazu Yoshihiro204 views
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Marker for Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp201 views
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West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚198 views
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Monument for Shimazu Yoshihiro from Satsuma (Kagoshima). Ishida asked for his assistance at 10 am, but was refused.197 views
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Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.194 views
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Hill where Shimazu was.194 views
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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192 views
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Top of Mt. Sasaoyama and stone monument191 views
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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189 views
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Shimazu Yoshihiro183 views
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Marker for Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp180 views
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Path to/from Shimazu Yoshihiro's monument.180 views
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Memorial tree179 views
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Path to Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.178 views
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Monument for Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.178 views
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Site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.177 views
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Site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.177 views
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Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position, near Sekigahara Station. And also next to Higashi Kubizuka.175 views
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Signs show the way and distance to the various monuments.173 views
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Rear view of monument marking the site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.171 views
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Site of Fukushima Masanori's position. 福島正則陣跡171 views
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Marker for Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp170 views
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Monument marking Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position.170 views
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Monument marking Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position. 井伊直政・松平忠吉 陣跡169 views
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Monument marking the site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.160 views
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West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚159 views
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Monument marking Fukushima Masanori's position.158 views
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Fukushima Masanori's position and shrine.155 views
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Monument at West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚154 views
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Monument at West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka154 views
 
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