2019年01月26日

Being known as a gifted strategist, 'Omura Masujiro' is called the father of the modern army of Japan.

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Omura Masujiro, who was born into a doctor family in the Choshu-han domain (Present Yamaguchi Prefecture) in 1824, was working as a doctor in his home town when he was young. He was well versed in Western science, military science and Western languages besides medical science, thus the Choshu-han domain appointed him an officer in command of the local government. His army was said to be proud of all wins and no defeats. It was the last years of the feudal state, when the battle between the Tokugawa central government and many powerful feudal lords like the Choshu-han and Satsuma-han were fierce. His reputation as a commander of Choshu-han became higher and stable throughout the country in a state of civil war. However he was attacked to death with 'katana' sword by former 'samurais' of the Choshu-han in 1869. Because there were many former samurais of the Choshu-han, who held a grudge against him, as they had lost a privilege of samurai due to the military modernization implemented by him. The picture shows the bronze statue of him on the approach way to Yasukuni Shrine in Kudan, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo. This place used to be under the control of the Japanese army formed by him.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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