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Last Samurai in Ueno
Taito-ku Ueno Park.
  • Ueno Park is very large.
  • What was there on this large land?
  • Military base?
  • And, The U.S Armed Forces requisition it after war.
  • You are wrong.
  • The castle?
  • Princess Ueno of the Ueno Castle?
  • And the princess commits suicide in the water.
  • Your are completely wrong.
  • There is the Kanei-ji Temple.
  • This is the picture of the temple which Hokusai Katsushika drew.
  • Very large temple.
  • Where was the temple?
  • The main hall of the temple moves to the rear of Park.
  • A part of the building is left.
  • Where are other parts?
  • The United States Armed Forces burnt it.
  • No, it's not.
  • This is the picture in 1868.
  • Where is the temple?
  • All the temples were burnt.
  • The gate only.
  • There is the gate now.
  • Who burnt it?
  • Satsuma domain and Choshu domain.
  • They are the New government army.
  • The leader of new government army was Takamori Saigou.
  • There is his stone image in the park.
  • Is he a symbol of the destruction?
  • What terrible.
  • It is not wrong.
  • But you misunderstand it.
  • What happened?
  • End of Edo period.
  • The Shogunate and the new government did talks.
  • Do you know the talks of Kaishu Katsu and Takamori Saigou?
  • Bloodlessly surrendered.
  • Yeah.
  • The 15th Shogun of the Tokugawa was here.
  • He is Yoshinobu Tokugawa.
  • What was he doing?
  • He gave in to the New Government,
  • and he shut himself into Kanei-ji Temple.
  • Was he depressed?
  • He was with samurais who supported him.
  • Samurais are The army corps of Syougi Tai.
  • Was he executed?
  • He was not killed.
  • He returns to the birthplace.
  • Where is his birthplace?
  • Mito Domain.
  • That is Ibaraki-ken now.
  • Did he return?
  • Yeah. He returned obediently.
  • Syougi Tai followed him, too.
  • It is settled in this.
  • Happy ending.
  • Some people in Syougi Tai stayed here.
  • Why?
  • Syougi Tai's samurais were angry very much.
  • They wanted to fight with the new government army.
  • How many people were they?
  • 3000 angry samurais.
  • They are Guerrilla corps of the Shogunate.
  • The new government was decided to war.
  • Who is a commander?
  • Takamori Saigou was decided.
  • The commander was Masujiro Oomura in Choshu domain.
  • The form of his head is awful.
  • He intended to annihilate them.
  • The enemy were 3000 strong samurais.
  • He can't easily win.
  • He used the latest weapon.
  • Saga domain's weapon Armstrong gun.
  • What was the weapon of the army corps of Syougi Tai?
  • Their weapon was the Katana sword.
  • What was the end of the war?
  • The war was over in a day.
  • Oh my god.
  • Syougi Tai's corpses were exposed to public view.
  • Were they not held a religious service for?
  • Their grave was made six years later.
  • This is the grave.
  • Takamori Saigo stands here.
  • Why is he here?
  • The people of Edo thank him.
  • Have you finished talking?
  • Yeah.
  • We have to start our work soon.