I went to the Tatebayashi city in Gunma prefecture. It is one of a lot of typical provincial small town in Japan, there are parks, temples, shopping arcade and vegetable & rice fields. In spring, many tourists visit to see old big azaleas (I visited on May. A few days ago, NHK TV news had broadcasted the Tatebayashi’s lotus ship, and many people went there.
In Edo period, there used to be Honmaru (donjon) of Tatebayashi castle. Now it is only the field.
Tatebayashi castle’s remains. It is difficult to imagine the castle build.
Hachimanguu, Shrine of the God of War at ex Tatebayashi castle in Edo period
Hachimanguu’s Komainu, stone‐carved guardian dog’s parent and child
Mossy stone Komainu with ball
Tatebayashi castle’s ower, Tsunayoshi Tokugawa’s comic foreground. Tsunayoshi became the 5th Tokugawa Shogun later on. He was famous as protecting animals, especially dog, so he was called “dog shogun” (Inu Kubou).
I found the cute squirrel statue on the guideposts.
Fox statue on the signpost
In the ex Tatebayashi castle, there is a Chiaki Mukai Memorical Science and Technology Museum for Children. Chiaki Mukai is the first female Japanese astronaut, who was from Tatebayashi.