A short trip west from Kyoto. To Nakamura Shuzo, Hagi's sake brewery known for "Takarabune".
Had a Junmai Ginjo sake there.
Geographical Indication for Japanese alcoholic beverages, established in 1995, was initially only for spirits from three prefectures, but was expanded to include wine and sake, with Hagi's sake being designated in 2021.
From Hagi (Nagato) to Kurashiki through Suo.
First, to Shoin Shrine in Hagi. Yoshida Shoin was not merely the ideological leader of the Meiji Restoration, but seems a radical revolutionary and overthrowist of Emperor System of Northern Dynasty.
Main Shrine. Shoin was executed in the middle of the road 150 years ago, but has already been deified. Heisei Emperor and Current Emperor (Crown Prince) were visiting the shrine. As Emperors of Southern Dynasty, they must have special debts of gratitude.
Yoshida Shoin's family home just in front of Shoin Shrine. Shoin was imprisoned there after his failed attempt to smuggle himself out of Japan.
Shokasonjuku School in front of the family home. The asset designated of "Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution".
To the family home of Ito Hirobumi in Suo. A magnificent Western-style house. Ito was from a farming family, originally named Hayashi Risuke. He joined the Ito family of soldiers, was promoted by Yoshida Shoin, was said to have realized Meiji Emperor and became the most powerful man of the era. He was assassinated by a Korean in Harbin. His grandson, Takeaki Matsumoto, is a politician of Lower House (Aso faction) from Hyogo Prefecture.
A stone monument donated by the late Shinzo Abe on the premises. The electoral district of his younger brother, Kishi Nobuo. Coincidentally, like Mr. Ito, he was killed by a bullet related to religious affiliation with Korea.
"Saienji Temple" is said the birthplace of Meiji Emperor (122) of Choshu. Jodo Shinshu Honganji sect. The young man became strong under Captain Ito Hirobumi (Hayashi Risuke) became Meiji Emperor in the coup by the Yoshida Shoin faction, described as a Southern Dinastic descent and controlled the Meiji era together with Ito Hirobumi and companies from Choshu.
The story is only rumors, but the Kyoto-local emperor suddenly changed into a formidable all-Japanese emperor. Choshu had been an emperor's enemy became an emperor's force with huge funds and won the coup like Boshin War. Choshu took control of the Meiji government and has produced the largest number of prime ministers to date.
This structure almost ended in 1945, but for some reason it was revived with Kishi, once designated a Class A war criminal but released.
The Izumo trip was to an ancient mythology, but the Hagi trip was to a modern mythology.
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