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Miyakonojo History Museum - Planned Exhibition “The Satsuma Rebellion" (Beginning November 2nd)

 

Currently, NHK's Taiga Drama “Sego Don" has Japan focussed on the exploits of Saigo Takamori.

On February 15th during the 10th year of the Meiji Period (1877), Saigo Takamori began raising an army, as the last of Japan's Civil Wars began: The Satsuma Rebellion, or 西南戦争(Seinan Sensō, lit. the Southwestern War).

Miyakonojo became a battlefield during this war, and many people from the area themselves headed out into battle.

In the currently planned exhibition, we present documents that remain from, and focus on, that period in Miyakonojo, as well as provide easy-to-understand explanations of the ways in which Miyakonojo and its people were involved in the war.

*Please note that this exhibition is available in Japanese only.

 

Poster

Poster Available (PDF, Japanese only)

Exhibition Period

Beginning November 2nd 2018, and closing January 20th 2019.

 

Museum Opening Hours

Open from 9:30 AM to 5 PM.

*Patrons are free to enter the museum until 4:30 PM.

 

Holidays

The museum is closed every Monday. In the event that Monday is a public holiday, the museum will also be closed on Tuesday.

The Museum will also be closed over the New Year period from December 29th to January 3rd

 

Location

Miyakonojo History Museum, 1st Floor, Planned Exhibition Room. Please see the bottom of this page for the location of the museum itself. 

 

Entry Fees (Free entry on Culture Day, November 3rd!)

Group prices refer to groups of 20 people or more.

  • Adults 210円 (Groups: 160円)
  • High School Students: 160円 (Groups: 100円)
  • Primary School Students: 100円 (Groups: 50円)
  • Holders of disability ID cards and their caregivers may enter free of charge
  • For holders of a Child Raising Support Card (External Link, Japanese only), families of children primary school age and below, as well as mothers who are currently pregnant, may enter free of charge.
  • Every 3rd Sunday of each month, families of children primary school age and below, as well as mothers who are currently pregnant, may enter free of charge (you do not need to present a Child Raising Support Card).
  • Primary and Middle School students of Miyakonojo may enter free of charge for educational activities.

 

Exhibition Composition

Theme 1: Japan's last civil war: The Satsuma Rebellion

Following the events of Saigo Takamori from his return to Kagoshima and the establishment of its private schools, through his years as a soldier, and until the battle of Shiroyama and his eventual suicide by his own sword, this exhibition brings various articles from mass media such as Nishiki-e (coloured woodblock prints) together with military scrip and colors used at the time, in order to bring to life the reality of the Satsuma Rebellion.

Exhibition Content

Nishiki-e of the Satsuma Rebellion (independently entrusted), Kagoshima battle records, Saigo's scrip slips (independently entrusted)

 

Theme 2: The Battlefield that was Miyakonojo

On July 14th, government troops occupied the area of Takaharu, and Saigo's troop clashed with them as they sought to recapture the land. However, Saigo's troops were defeated in Takazaki, the government troops began attacking Miyakonojo, and Saigo's troop fled to Yamanokuchi and the Obi area.

During this time, what happened in Miyakonojo, and how did its people face the reality of the battlefield before them?

Exhibition Content

Nishiki-e ‘Miyakonojo War Council Illustrations', Correspondence from Iruma Saburo (documents from the Tax Record Office storage), Pillar with bullet marks

 

Theme 3: The combatants of the Satsuma Rebellion

A large number of people from the Miyakonojo area joined Saigo's troop. On the other hand, there were also those who were conscripted by the government and instead joined their troop. What happened to these people after the war was over?

Exhibition Contents

Hanging Scroll detailing victims of war from the imperial army stationed in the west of Kyushu during Meiji 10 (1877), Furukaki family documents.

 

Theme 4: From Citizens to Prisoners

Around 2400 troops from around the Miyakonojo region were dispatched as part of Saigo's troop. What happened to those troops who found themselves on the other side of the battlefield after the war, and how did they live out the rest of their lives?

Exhibition Contents

Logs of banishment to Yamagata.

 

Theme 5: Shoukondzuka

After the conclusion of the Satsuma Rebellion, in order to pay respect to those that died in the battles waged, Shoukondzuka (Mounds of earth used as places of remembrance) were established in each area. In this exhibition, we take you through the scars that remain from these conflicts, and the stories that have been passed down through the generations.

Exhibition Contents

Katsu Kaishu's Brush-written Hanging Scroll of Poetry, Shoukondzuka (Photo Panel)

 

 

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