Tuesday, 22 December 2015

A Heroine Of Meiji Restoration Era And An Amiable For Saga People

In Kameyama Park in Arashiyama, Kyoto, we chanced upon a bronze statue under a shady tree. Hubby didn't give it a second glance but I decided to stop because I wondered about the statue of the old lady there.
From the plaque nearby (in Japanese, English and Korean), the statue is of Tsuzaki Muraoka-no-Tsubone (1786-1873), the daughter of Sakyo Tsuzaki and was a court lady-in-waiting and a member of the imperial loyalists towards the end of the shogunate area.

The Statue was designed in 1928 by Sakatani Ryonoshin, and the model for casting was crafted by Nakamuta Sanjiro. 

Tsubone was on friendly terms with the priest Gessho, Ugai Kichizaemon of Mito and others, functioning as a contact among loyalists and between loyalists and court nobles. She was particularly supportive in activity by Saigo Takamore, and others. For her involvement, she was arrested and exiled twice.

Later, coming back to Kyoto, she reconstructed the Jikishian Temple and lived on its grounds for the remainder of her life and educated local children.

Although Muraoka-no-Tsubone is regarded as a heroine of the Meiji restoration, in her later years she was also an amiable mother to the people of Saga.

No wonder I felt compelled to stop for the statue. Such a strong woman!

14 comments:

  1. Great to have a memorial to such an impressive woman. I wish you and your family all the best in 2016, Lina!

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    1. Wishing a Merry Christmas and New Year to you too! :)

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  2. Great to have a memorial to such an impressive woman. I wish you and your family all the best in 2016, Lina!

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  3. Hi! I did not know Tsuzaki Muraoka-no-Tsubone at all. Thanks for your information. Wishing you and your family have nice days in coming year.

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  4. Thank you for such an informative article.Its great to read about the achievements of this brave women.

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    1. Thank you.

      She is indeed a courageous woman.

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  5. very interesting indeed. have a nice day ;)

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  6. I am just like you, I would stop and look at anything nice & interesting. This lady Tsuzaki Muraoka-no-Tsubone, is definitely a remarkable person with so much contributions.

    Once I saw sculpture at Himeji which was a mother cradling her small child. I could not stop crying when I saw it. LOL

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    1. There is one sweet one in Asakusa too...

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