A statue of Shiro Amakusa. The young Christian rebel who rose up and led a rebellion against the Tokugawa Shogunate. Amakusa-Shimabara Rebellion (1637) Cherry blossoms and a Tori on the way up to Nokanetenbo Park Sakitsu Church, established in 1569 by the Portuguese. Interior of the church. I have never seen tatami in a church… Read More Amakusa and the Shimabara Rebellion – Kyushu.
The Battle of Tabaruzaka was one battle within the Satsuma Rebellion fought between the rebels lead by Saigo Takamori and the newly established Imperial Japanese Army. I do not quite label Takamori as a rebel but I will go with that for this article. Tabaruzaka, also known as ‘Suicide Pass’ was the location for one… Read More Battle of Tabaruzaka
The Meiji Restoration is a very important period in Japan’s history as it reestablished Imperial rule and was the catalyst for the Japanese economy and society to move into the industrial age. 268 years of rule under the Tokugawa shogunate ended, and was eventually replaced with a national parliamentary system. Most members of this parliament… Read More The Meiji Restoration – A quick rundown