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  1. Nihonkai Tour 2018 - Day 5

    Nihonkai Tour 2018 - Day 5

    On Day 5, we left early for Matsue in Shimane Prefecture, about 120 km west of Tottori. There are no highways along the coast of San’in, only one-lane expressways, some of which are toll roads. We arrived in Matsue at noon, and the sun burned down relentlessly. Matsue Castle is one of the...
  2. Roof gable

    Roof gable

    Roof gable at the Matsudaira tombs at the Engyoji
  3. Matsudaira Nobutsuna

    Biographies Matsudaira Nobutsuna

    A prominent administrator of the early Tokugawa shogunate, also known as Chie Izu (知恵伊豆, “The Clever Izu”). Born to Ōkōchi Hisatsuna, a senior retainer of Tokugawa Ieyasu of modest background, Nobutsuna (松平信綱, 1596-1662) was adopted as the heir of his uncle, Matsudaira Masatsuna, in 1601. He was...
  4. Oyakuen

    Travel Oyakuen

    Oyakuen (御薬園) is also known as “Aizuwakamatsu’s Royal Garden“. The second Chinese character 薬 (kusuri or yaku) means “medicine” and refers to the fact that medicinal plants and herbs were grown there. The garden was originally built from 1429 to 1441 as a villa for Ashina Morihisa, the tenth...
  5. Aizu Bukeyashiki

    Travel Aizu Bukeyashiki

    The Aizu Buke-yashiki (会津武家屋敷) are the reconstructed samurai mansions of the chief retainers of the Aizu-Matsudaira, the Saigō family. The Saigō had served the Matsudaira since the middle of the seventeenth century. The reconstructed manor is based on plans dating back to end of the eighteenth...
  6. Matsudaira Tombs

    Travel Matsudaira Tombs

    The Matsudaira Tombs (松平家廟所) are located in the southeastern part of Aizuwakamatsu, close to Higashiyama Village, on a hill not far from the Aizu Bukeyashiki samurai mansions. The mountain contains the tombs of eight out of nine generations of the Matsudaira lords, from the second to the...
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