(From Asahi Shimbun)
Even feudal warlords use lockers to stash their stuff inside when they’re moving from battle to siege and so on. Not far from Sekigahara Station, lockers are lined up with the names and emblems of 30 feudal warlords painted on them.
The doors include Tokugawa Ieyasu, chief commander of the eastern army during the Battle of Sekigahara, and Ishida Mitsunari, a leading commander of the western army. The battle that took place in 1600 is often considered the start of the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1867).
Apart from the large family emblems of each warlord, their estimated troop strengths are also indicated: 30,000 men for Ieyasu, 6,000 men for Mitsunari, etc. Tourists are using them all the time–because the warlords, of course, have long gone, and it’s sure they wouldn’t mind. Read more