Showing posts with label yoshida shoin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label yoshida shoin. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Yoshida Shoin History Museum


In the grounds of the Shoin Shrine in Hagi, Yamaguchi, is the Yoshida Shoin History Museum.


A series of lifesize tableaux depicts events from his life, including his attempt to leave Japan on Perrys' "Black Ship"


There is no information available in English, and unless you are a die-hard Shoin buff it is probably not worth visiting.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Shokasonjuku Academy


The Shokasonjuku is located in the grounds of the Shoin Shrine in Hagi, Yamaguchi, and is where Yoshida Shoin taught many of the future leaders of Meiji Japan.


It was originally just a single-roomed structure but was expanded due to the large number of students who wanted to attend. It was also his home as at the time he was under house arrest for his attempt to stow away on an American ship.


Shoin taught here for just one year before he was rearrested and the school forced to close.


His students included Ito Hirobumi, the first Prime Minister of Japan, Yamagata Aritomo, Japan's third Prime Minister, Kido Takayoshi, a senior statesman and another of the architects of the new Meiji state, Inoue Kaoru, another major politician and statesman of Meiji Japan.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Shoin Shrine, Hagi.


One of the most popular tourist sites in Hagi is the Shoin Shrine which enshrines Yoshida Shoin.


Shoin was a local samurai who took part in the anti-shogunate activities that lead up to the Meiji Restoration of 1868, though he was executed in 1859 for his part in an assassination attempt, therefore the shrine is very much a part of modern shinto that emphasised those who supported the emperor and his rule.


The shrine was established in 1890 and moved to its present location in 1950.


Before his death he operated a school that now stands in the grounds of the shrine and many of the future leaders of the Meiji government were taught by him, including Ito Hirobumi, Japands first Prime Minister.