Nice pliace to remember
Yesterday I mentioned one of the things that the little village of Rendaiji in Shimoda City was famous for – the hot springs. These hot spring were what ultimately led the village to attract its second great claim to fame, as the hiding place of the great Edo period intellectual Yoshida Shoin (吉田松陰) on his grand adventure to hitch a ride with the US Navy for a study trip to North America.
Yoshida Shoin was born in 1830, the scion of prestigious samurai family who traditionally occupied themselves with training of the Shogun military forces. He got an excellent education and soon develop a fatal wanderlust. In 1851 he applied for permission to study in the north of Japan but committed the crime of leaving before his paperwork had been finished. For this he was stripped of his samurai rank and were forced to leave his family. For a few…
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