Saigo Takamori Statue, Taito

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  • There is a statue of Saigo Takamori in the entrance yukata of Ueno Park and his beloved dog "Tsun" and it has become a symbol of Ueno Park. The author of this statue is Saigo Takamori, Takamura Koun, and Tsun is a joint work of Goto Yoshiyuki. Despite being a meritorious figure in the Meiji Restoration, Saigo Takamori was last treated as a traitor against the Meiji government. Twenty-one years after his death, Emperor Meiji solved his stigma in 1868 and gave him the third place, and Saigo Takamori was built here in honor of his achievements in saving the city of Tokyo from the fire by the bloodless castle of Edo Castle.
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  • Foreign tourists were not included in the commemorative photo, even though they were around. Instead, I shot a dignified profile at an angle where I could see the sky tree.
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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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