I introduce Miyagi and Iwate of the northeastern area this time.Firstly I visited Miyagi and went round Sendai-shi that was the place of Masamune Date connection, and the Shiroishi city which Kojuro Katakura who was a vassal of Masamune ruled.
Shiroishi-shi is a quiet town in the southwestern part of Miyagi. The symbol of the town "Shiroishi-jo castle." Hideyoshi Toyotomi gave vassal, Ujisato Gamo this castle in 1591 and the vassal constructed a castle and became the lord of a castle. Masamune Date captures Shiroishi-jo castle just before a battle of Sekigahara (1600) afterwards, this district becomes the Date territory, and great repair is carried out by Date vassal, Kojuro Katakura, after that it became the castle of Katakura until the Meiji Restoration for approximately 260 years. In the ruins of a castle, castle tower of the third floor oar and Ote-mon Gate are restored now as a park.
In addition, a samurai residence of the Katakuras is stored in the city. This samurai residence is built facing the north of the Shiraishi-jo Castle, the Sawahashi River equal to the moat out of the outermost outworks and is the quiet appearance that the flow of a clean river circulates through the side.
The mausoleum where Zuiho-den worships Prince Masamune Date in Kyoga-mine put in the southwestern Hirose meander district of the Sendai-shi inner city. It was reduced to ashes by war damage, but it was restored to the original state and became the current figure.
When the precincts of Zuiho-den climb the slope where the trees called several hundred years years old grow thick, there is a receptionist. I paid an admission fee and go to Zuiho-den. Zuiho-den is an ancestral shrine built by dying instructions of Sendai ancestor of a lord Masamune Date who died at 70 years old in 1636.It was appointed to a national treasure as the gorgeous joss house architecture which conveyed an old tradition and custom of the Momoyama Culture for 1,931 years by a main shrine, a front shrine, Gogosyo, the Nehanamon gate, but was destroyed by fire by war damage in 1945 regrettably. The current building performed a scale, decoration of Zuiho-den Hall before the destruction by fire with an example together and was rebuilt in 1979. It was restored to the original state a crown tile a sculpture humped-head goldfish on a pillar by a roof, and a figure at the time of the foundation revived.
The features image of three feudal lords restored from grave goods, ashes dossier, the replica of ashes precisely is displayed at a certain museum next to Zuiho-den.
When I left Zuiho-den and went ahead through the mountain path according to a regular route mark, I appeared in Kansen-den. Prince 2s feudal lord Tadamune Date was worshiped, and this ancestral shrine was the splendid thing which was equal to Zuiho-den, but non-main shrine was demolished in the Meiji early years, and the left main shrine has been destroyed by fire by war damage of 1945. The current ancestral shrine is a building rebuilt in 1985. In addition, Zenno-den to be built next to Kansen-den is an ancestral shrine of Prince Sandai feudal lord Tsunamune Date. Here was rebuilt like Kansen-den in the same year, too.
A castle of Date 62 Mangoku, Sendai Castle (Aoba-jo Castle). Unfortunately the castle built in the natural stronghold where a cliff gathers approximately 130m above sea level, the east and the south disappears now, and a stone wall and a rebuilt side oar remind me of former times. A mounting a horse image of Prince Masamune is built in immediate near the main enclosure (Honmaru) ruins of a castle and, as a symbol of the Aoba ruins of a castle, is placed in a sightseeing magazine or the brochure. In addition, the view from this main enclosure open space can overlook a town of Sendai fantastically.
|Title||The place of Masamune Date connection (Miyagi)|
|Access||Shiroishi-shi: Tohoku Shinkansen "Shiroishi-Zao Station" getting off Sendai-shi: Tohoku Shinkansen "Sendai Station" getting off|
|Fee||Shiraishi Castle admission fee 400 yen, Samurai residence admission fee 200 yen Zuiho-den admission fee 550 yen|