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.1446 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 battle1013 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. 938 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.800 views
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Explanatory map of the Battle of Sekigahara759 views
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Map of battlefield for Western Forces. Also see Ishida Mitsunari Birthplace in Nagahama, Shiga.698 views
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Statue of Lord Takenaka Hanbei 竹中半兵衛重治580 views
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Illustration of Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp where he inspected the heads of his defeated enemies.551 views
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View of the Sekigahara battlefield from Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp at Momokubari.525 views
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Map on lookout deck.524 views
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Explanatory map of the Battle of Sekigahara513 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.512 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.506 views
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Warlord banners, left to right: Kuroda, Fukushima, Honda, and Tokugawa.501 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483 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.467 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, 1600.463 views
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Defensive barriers on Mt. Sasaoyama, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp. 笹尾山 石田三成陣跡449 views
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2nd floor440 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421 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.413 views
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Illustration of Mt. Matsuo where Lord Kobayakawa Hideaki was based.404 views
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Steps going up to Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara.394 views
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Mt. Sasaoyama, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp, as seen from the final battlefield. 笹尾山389 views
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Ishida Mitsunari, age 41 at the time of the battle389 views
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Ishida Mitsunari's banner with his family crest.383 views
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Banner with Ukita Hideie's crest.382 views
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Profiles of neutral armies372 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367 views
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Foot of Mt. Sasaoyama, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp. 笹尾山 石田三成陣跡358 views
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Foot of Mt. Sasao, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp. 笹尾山 石田三成陣跡355 views
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Profiles of Western Forces353 views
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Monument marking the site where the Sekigahara battle started. 開戦地344 views
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Warlord banners339 views
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Cannon336 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.336 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.330 views
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Sekigahara Battlefield, now occupied mainly by rice paddies, a school, and homes. 関ヶ原古戦場324 views
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Site where the battle started and Mt. Matsuo in the background.324 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297 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.293 views
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Monument for Konishi Yukinaga's station. 小西 行長陣跡285 views
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Sekigahara Town History and Folklore Museum 関ヶ原町歴史民俗資料館282 views
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Lookout deck with a bird's eye view of the battlefield.281 views
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Conch shell for battle.281 views
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Monument marking Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara.280 views
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Inside Sekigahara Town History and Folklore Museum 関ヶ原町歴史民俗資料館279 views
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Barriers and steps looking down the slope.278 views
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Area around Konishi Yukinaga's position.277 views
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Behind the monuments is a trail probably used by Ieyasu's troops on Mt. Momokubari-yama.277 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.276 views
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Lookout deck on Mt. Sasao. 笹尾山272 views
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Well where the decapitated heads of Western Force leaders were washed.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.268 views
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Monument for Konishi Yukinaga's station. 小西 行長陣跡265 views
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Sekigahara Battlefield and Mt. Matsuo 関ヶ原古戦場259 views
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Another smaller monument marking Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara.248 views
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Mt. Sasaoyama and stone marker. 笹尾山242 views
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East Burial Site, where the decapitated heads of the Western force leaders were buried. 東首塚242 views
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Sekigahara Town History and Folklore Museum 関ヶ原町歴史民俗資料館241 viewsNear Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp.
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Steps up to the top of Mt. Sasaoyama.240 views
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Monument for Konishi Yukinaga's station. 小西 行長陣跡239 views
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Inside Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp238 views
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Monument marking Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position. 井伊直政・松平忠吉 陣跡236 views
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Site where the battle started as seen from Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.233 views
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East Burial Site, where the decapitated heads of the Western force leaders were buried. 東首塚229 views
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Banners mark the site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.224 views
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West Burial Site for the corposes of West Forces leaders. Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚223 views
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Mt. Sasaoyama and stone monument marking Ishida Mitsunari's base camp.219 views
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Banners with Kyogoku Takatomo's crest.219 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217 views
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Memorial shrine217 views
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Art park to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the battle in the year 2000. Near the Shimazu position.217 views
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Top of Mt. Sasaoyama215 views
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West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚214 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp at Jinbano 陣場野 徳川家康最後陣跡213 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp at Jinbano 陣場野 徳川家康最後陣跡207 views
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Mt. Sasaoyama and stone monument marking Ishida Mitsunari's base camp.206 views
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Shimazu Yoshihiro206 views
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Marker for Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp203 views
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West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚199 views
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Monument for Shimazu Yoshihiro from Satsuma (Kagoshima). Ishida asked for his assistance at 10 am, but was refused.199 views
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Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.196 views
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Hill where Shimazu was.196 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193 views
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Top of Mt. Sasaoyama and stone monument192 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191 views
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Shimazu Yoshihiro185 views
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Marker for Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp183 views
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Memorial tree183 views
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Path to/from Shimazu Yoshihiro's monument.183 views
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Path to Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.180 views
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Monument for Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.180 views
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Site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.179 views
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Site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.179 views
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Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position, near Sekigahara Station. And also next to Higashi Kubizuka.177 views
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Signs show the way and distance to the various monuments.174 views
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Rear view of monument marking the site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.173 views
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Marker for Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp172 views
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Site of Fukushima Masanori's position. 福島正則陣跡172 views
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Monument marking Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position.171 views
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Monument marking Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position. 井伊直政・松平忠吉 陣跡171 views
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Monument marking the site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.162 views
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West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚161 views
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Monument marking Fukushima Masanori's position.160 views
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Fukushima Masanori's position and shrine.157 views
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Monument at West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚156 views
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Monument at West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka155 views
 
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