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‘Chofu’ area which is an old castle town of a branch family of Choshu Mouri clan, who was one of core power of the anti-Shogunate movement in the mid-19th century, is a feast to the eye with ‘Kozanji’ temple, old samurai streets and well maintained townscape. ‘Kozanji’ temple in the picture above dating back to the 14th century was designated as a national treasure and is well known as a place where...

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Genji and Heike, both were the strongest clans of the samurai warrior, fought the final combat for superiority to overturn the court nobles rule at Dan-no-ura in Kanmon strait lies between Honshu and Kyushu. This naval battle came to an end seeing a decided defeat for Heike clan and the very young Emperor, a symbol of the clan, finally demised in the water. The process of the clan, from the beginning to the collapse, is described in...

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Even though Yamaguchi City is a prefectural capital of Yamaguchi Prefecture, it has a modest-looking neighborhood thanks to the location away from trunk roads and railways. This graceful city called little Kyoto in the west used to flourish in the culture, in that Ouchi clan who ruled over this area in the 15th century welcomed to patronize many men of culture escaped from Kyoto of wartime destruction. A well known indian ink painter...

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