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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Uesugi Shrine & Uesugi Kenshin Yonezawa


Yonezawa is located in the southernmost part of Yamagata Prefecture in the Tohoku region of Japan. What makes Yonezawa notable (besides being the birth place of Date Masamune) is the city's connection to the Uesugi Clan.

Uesugi Kenshin Shrine Yonezawa.

Following the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, Yonezawa became the headquarters of the Uesugi for many generations to follow. Although the famed warrior Uesugi Kenshin did not live in Yonezawa Castle (he died in 1578), a shrine dedicated to his memory (Uesugi Shrine) stands today on the castle ruins.

Uesugi Kenshin Shrine Yonezawa, Tohoku.

The nearby Treasure House is aptly named, for it holds many precious Uesugi artifacts. We were very surprised to see genuine items, NOT reproductions. Among the collection are Uesugi Kenshin's lute, a war helmet belonging to Naoe Kanetsugu, and a scroll written by Uesugi Yozan.

Uesugi Kenshin Shrine Yonezawa.

Yonezawa has a online web cam at http://loveyone2.dip.jp:8080/CgiStart?page=Single&Language=1 What you see is the view from the visitor center.

I had watched the camera for a year or so prior to our visit and wondered about it. I saw thick snowdrifts in the winter and a blooming wisteria vine in the spring. I also noticed an awful lot of pigeons hanging around. Well, now I know why. The shop sells pigeon feed and the birds know who butters their bread!

Uesugi Kenshin Shrine Yonezawa.

Did I mention the web cam? We couldn't resist taking a picture of ourselves on camera.

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