Statue of Takamori Saigo One of the Pioneer Samurais

first_imgThe statue of Takamori Saigo One of the Three Great Contributors to the Meiji RestorationThe statue stands in Ueno Onshi Koen Park.It is towering 4 meters high approximately, and the shoe is 50cm long.Supported by the donations from as many as 25,000 volunteers,it was erected by a famous sculptor of the time Koun Takamura.Takamori Saigo devoted himself for the conclusion of The Satsuma-Choshu Alliance or the realization of the Restoration of Imperial Rule, and later he was counted among the Three Great Contributors to the Meiji Restoration, along with Takayoshi Kido (also known as Kogoro Katsura) and Toshimichi Okubo, who were playing active roles in the early period of Meiji Era.He took the lead in The Meiji Restoration (a chain of events that restored imperial rule to Japan) to change Japan from a feudalistic country under the Tokugawa shogunate to a modern nation-state one, and the achievement has won him the lasting respect for him to today.”The bloodless surrender of the Edo Castle” ,which saved million lives of Edo(Tokyo) peopleDuring The Meiji Restoration, he as a chief advisor on the side of the government forces, had an interview with Kaishu Katsu and negotiated the bloodless surrender of Edo Castle, which averted the horrors of war, saving properties and the lives of million people living in Edo. It is still fresh in memory that NHK Taiga Drama (history TV drama) Atsuhime (2008) featured this episode and attracted many viewers’ interest. Many tourists visit this place as one of the symbolic sights ofTokyo, together with Tokyo Sky Tree Tower and Skyscrapers in Shijuku.Why not come find the statue to pay tribute to great Saigo when you come near to Ueno?Information Location: 1 Ueno Koen Taitoh-ku, Tokyo 110-0007TEL: 03-3838-5644 (Ueno Oncho Koen Park Administration Office)Nearest Station: Walk from JR Ueno Park Gatelast_img read more