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.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 12:44 | Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2019年01月18日

Name-brand Chinese restaurants are piled up in the neighborhood of Kanda Jimbo-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.

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There were some twenty thousand Chinese students at most, studying in Japan, between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Some of them were government-financed students from China under the Qing dynasty, and Zhou Enlai who became a prime minister of the People's Republic of China later on as well as Lu Xun, a well-known thinker, were included. Their main purpose to come to Japan was to study law at many law schools in Kanda area. Accordingly, most of them lived in the vicinity of Kanda, and this neighborhood gradually became a Chinese quarter in Tokyo. After the Second Word War, most Chinese students went back to China though, the unique townscape dotted with many Chinese restaurants, large and small, survive here. The Chinese restaurant in the first picture is one that Zhou Enlai used to frequent. The second one is featuring Shaoxing rice wine.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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2018年12月22日

Tokyo University, which is Japan's first university in the strict sense of the word, was born by the merger of two schools, Tokyo Kaisei College and Tokyo Medical College.

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The old building in the first picture is found in Kanda-nishikicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. This building is 'Gakushi-kaikan', which is a cross-sectional alumni hall for Tokyo university and six other leading national universities in Japan. This multipurpose facility, containing accommodations, restaurants and a wedding hall, was built in 1928. Right after the Second World War, this was used as the officer's mess of occupation forces. This site is also known as the birthplace of baseball in Japan. Tokyo Kaisei College, which was one of the predecessors of present Tokyo University, stood in this site. An American teacher for this college told the students the rules of baseball in his spare time in 1877.

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