Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Yamamoto Gonbei and Eisuke

From the Ando Teru monument, just go north 3-4 short blocks. The Yamamoto monuments will be on your left, as part of the barrier wall in front of an apartment building.

From the left marker:
"Yamamoto Eisuke (1876-1962)
Yamamoto Eisuke was the eldest son of Army Captain, Kichizo (elder brother of Yamamoto Gonnohyoue). When Kichizo died at Takeoka, during the Seinan Civil War, Eisuke was only one year old. In 1893, Eisuke entered the Naval Academy and during the Russo-Japanese war in 1904, at the rank of Lieutenant, General Staff, he contributed greatly to victories at the Battle of Ulsan, 1904, and at the Battle of Tsushima, 1905. In 1909, Eisuke became a Naval College instructor, and was later promoted to Principal in 1923. In 1929, Eisuke was appointed Commander in Chief, Combined Fleet, and later, Admiral in 1931."

From the right marker:
"Yamamoto Gonnohyoue (Gonbei) (1852-1933)
Yamamoto Gonnohyoue, participated in the Boshin Civil War at age 16 and entered the Naval Prep-Academy in Tokyo. In 1874, Yamamoto returned to Kagoshima with Saigo Takamori but following Saigo's advice, he entered the Naval Training Academy. Upon graduation, Yamamoto served as Captain on the Warship, Amagi.

In 1898, Yamamoto became the Naval Minister in the second Yamagata cabinet, a top Navy post which Yamamoto held for seven years. During this time, he appointed Togo Heihachiro, Commander in Chief, Combined Fleet, in 1903.

In 1913, Yamamoto became Prime Minister and worked to restructure the administration. He resigned his position though after the Siemens-Vickers Naval Armament Scandal of 1914, a scandal involving naval officers. In 1923, he was again appointed the position of Prime Minister after the Great Kanto Earthquake, and dedicated himself to the rebirth of Tokyo. Assuming responsibility for the Toranomon Incident, an assassination attempt on the prince regent, Yamamoto again resigned. Yamamoto was known for his broad heart, sense of humor, and simple, forthright character."

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