Yoshii Tomozane and Ijichi Shôji Statues in Kagoshima, Japan - Encircle Photos

26 Yoshii Tomozane and Ijichi Shôji Statues in Kagoshima, Japan

In Chuo Park (Central Park) is another pair of sculptures in the Tokishirube series protraying key figures from the late 19th century. Yoshii Tomozane was instrumental in overthrowing Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the last of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1867. This led to the return of imperial rule the following year. Ten years later, Ijichi Shôji – who was the head of military instruction for the Satsuma hu, a regional domain ruled by a daimyo (military lord) – was the strategist for the failed Satsuma Rebellion. This defeat solidified the emperor’s dominance, ended Japan’s isolation and set the course for modernization during the Meiji period.

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4-1 Yamashitachō, Kagoshima-shi, 892-0816, Japan

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