Monday, July 4, 2011

Seen around, 5

A rather run-down garage associated with a new car dealership. Doesn't look like anyone's been using it for a while.

Cable stretcher for the electric train lines.

Tired cat.

This one was rather interesting. I was walking a little west of the apartment looking for more places with historical markers. Shiroyama was the location for most of the fighting at the end of the Satsuma rebellion, and currently the south half of the hill has a big hotel at the top. I decided to walk around to the "back side" of the hill to see what was there, which was just a matter of getting on the main road from the apartment and walking west. This quickly put me at the bridge crossing for the main JR train line (see cable stretcher photo above), and I followed it north up into a valley along the hotel. 5-6 blocks later, the street ended in a set of stone steps going up about 100 feet to the street at the top of the hill (which runs down to the cave that Saigo and his men hid at during the rebellion). The steps and walls were very damp and covered in moss. At one point, the steps turned to the left, and a support wall stood at the right. You can see that the little plants (I think they're clover but I'm probably wrong) have followed the cracks in the concrete.

Door cougar.

Dilapidated house at the top of the valley behind the hotel.

Daiichi Bank. I apologize for the quality of the photos. Daiichi is right along the main road from the apartment, and they've got new banners featuring the Tensai Bakabon street cop. Unfortunately, the banners are just inside the front windows and the lighting in the building is weaker than outside.

Rice Granary
From the historical marker:
"Site of the imperial force's headquarters during the Satsuma rebellion
Towards the end of the Edo period, the rice granary of the Satsuma Domain were located in the area where the main building of Kagoshima City Hall is [sic] now occupies. During the Satsuma Rebellion, which broke out in 1877, the imperial force's headquarters were situated here.

On September 1st, 1877. the Satsuma troop, after having lost battles in Kumamoto and Miyazaki, stormed into Kagoshima and nearly conquered the urban areas of Kagoshima. The last hold out for the imperial force was this headquarters. On Sept. 3rd, however, supported by reinforcement units, the imperial force turned the tide and drove out the Satsuma troop's echelon stationed around Shiroyama hill. The Satsuma troop launched a counterattack, and on September 4th, a suicide corps led by Kijima Kiyoshi made a night assault on the rice granary. After having been impeded by the second brigade, led by major general Miyoshi Shigeomi, who rushed into the site, Kijima and his suicide corp were cleared out. Then on September 6th, the imperial force completed the military cordon of Shiroyama, and the Satsuma Rebellion came to an end after an all-out attack of the Imperial force on September 24th.

After the Satsuma Rebellion, Kagoshima Vocational Aid School and Tobacco Monopoly Corporation factory were established on the site of the rice granary. Later both came into the possession of Kagoshima City, and the current main building of Kagoshima City Hall was completed on the site in 1937."

(Current city hall building where the granary had been.)

Seems that the "Happy Science" people have a storefront shop a few blocks from my apartment, too.

Haraitsu (Highlights) shochu bar in the Tenmonkan shopping district.

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