Meiji

Who is The Last Samurai?

Everyone has seen Tom Cruise`s Hollywood flick “The Last Samurai” but how many of us knew the true last samurai, “Saigo Takamori (西郷隆盛)”? Who is Saigo Takamori? Saigo Takamori`s actual name is ‘Saigo Kokichi’. Generally Samurais change their names when they become adults. ‘Takamori’ is added to his family name ‘Saigo’ and he is often…

Hokkaido Shrine Traditional Shinto Festival

Hokkaido Shrine Hokkaido shrine is a Shinto Shrine located in Maruyama area, just after three stops west of Odori(center of Sapporo). Hokkaido shrine was built in 1869. The government abrogated the feudal domain system and replaced it with prefectures to centralize the political authority. Emperor Meiji selected three protecting deities for the shrine from the…