Saigo Takamori Statue, Taito

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  • The statue itself was not so moving. I think it's because it's so famous and has motifs here and there. I was standing in a dignified manner against the background of colored ginkgo.
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  • I saw takamori Saigo for the first time in six months. This day is the day of the month. It was the first time for a visitor to come to the front of the statue. I had never come around noon in winter, so i thought it was a good state of light. Mr. Saigo's face did not become backlit, and he could see it clearly. The leaf of the tree such as the ginkgo of the back had completely fallen.
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  • He is the model for the movie “The Last Samurai.” He is very controversial person because he played the central role in overthrowing Tokugawa Shogun government, but he revolted against the new Meiji government he built. He is still very popular among people. Everyone calls him Saigo san. We never call him general Saigo although he was the first general in modern army of Japan.
  • The statue of Saigo Takamori was created by a famous sculptor, Takamura Kōun in 1897 and dedication ceremony was observed in 1898. Since then, the statue and its park have been known as landmark of Tokyo. It's a great place for walking, jogging , sightseeing and taking a rest!
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