Wednesday, August 1, 2012


When I first started exploring Kagoshima, I'd thought that I'd done a full circle around the prefectural art museum.  But a few days ago when I was walking out the front door, I turned to the left and found a small park with this rock with a historical marker.

This stone was put up in memory of Jime, wife of the 18th Shimdazu lord, Iehisa. She was the daughter of the 16th lord, Yoshihisa and was respected by all who knew her. She had a happy family life, and was lovingly called "Jimesa" a respectful nickname. On October 5, the anniversary of her death, her face is powdered and lips colored by young girls with hopes to be favored with similar good traits and personality."

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