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Locations associated with Kuroda Kanbei The Roads left by Kuroda Kanbei 〜Iizuka City and Kama City〜

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With the development of Chikuzen area in mind, Kanbei and Nagamasa engaged in the construction of Nagasaki Kaido.
In this episode, we will introduce you to the temple Kanbei and Nagamasa had stayed, the family temple of one of the 24 Kuroda Cavalries - Mori Tahee - as well as other locations in Iizuka City and Kama City located to the Kuroda clan.

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As the Battle of Sekigahara had concluded,
the society embraced a peaceful period once again.
Kuroda Kanbei was assigned to Chikuzen
in order to revitalize the said region.
Included in his plan was the construction Fukuoka Castle
and its surrounding infrastructure. 
In this episode, we will take you to places where Kanbei and
his son Nagamasa had visited - Iizuka City and Kama City.
 

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Saikouji Temple is located in Iizuka.
While residing in Dazaifu, Kanbei visited this temple time to time.
Apparently he came here very often, but why?
The mountains near Saikouji Temple had a
plenty of lumber in great quality for construction of Fukuoka Castle.
He would often stay here, cut wood, and take them back to Fukuoka.
So, that makes Fukuoka Castle "made in Iizuka" so to speak.
Saikouji has inherited numerous items left by Kanbei.
It is said that the writing on his spirit table
is his own handwriting.
The hibachi fire bowl given by Kanbei here 
initially was a gift he got from Tokugawa Iyeyasu.
He stayed right while the logging project was under way.
Josuigahara - a place connected to Kanbei.
Yamatate
Yokoiba
Yokoiba is short for "a place of rest" in Kanji.
Still remains a place as such.
 

Nouso Hachimangu

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Nouso Hachimangu located in Iizuka City. . .
enshrined here the mural of the  24 Kuroda Cavalries.
This mural was placed here toward the end of the Edo period around 210 years ago.
There are many like this one, but. . .
this particular one is the largest.
 

Nagasaki Kaido Uchino-shuku

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It is said that the construction of Nagasaki Kaido was initiated by Kanbei.
Along the Kaido stood Uchino-shuku -
one of the 6 post stations within Fukuoka Domain, or a shukuba.
Nagasaki Kaido was built in order to revitalize the Chikuzen region, as well as to
keep other daimyos from passing through Fukuoka and Hakata during a war time.
Uchino-shuku measuring at 600 meters was found around 400 years ago, and
there were many businesses and hotels established along the way.
Between Uchino-shuku and neighboring Yamae-shuku is the Hiyamizu Mountain Pass -
the most difficult part of Nagasaki Kaido journey.
Local lords would pass through here in order to get to Edo for sankin-kotai.
The one put in charge for the construction of the pass and Uchino-shuku
was one of the 24 Kuroda Cavalries named Mori Tahee, whose story is well-known for
defeating the best spearman in the nation while being intoxicated.
 

Rinnouji Temple

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Mori Tahee ruled areas including Iizuka City and Kama City as the lord of 
Masutomi Castle - one of the 6 fortresses of Chikuzen built to protect Fukuoka Domain.
Near the Ruins of Masutomi Castle is the Mori clan's family temple, Rinnouji Temple.
Goto Mototsugu built it for his mother.
As he was stripped of his lordship in the region,
Tahee replaced the duty, resulting in relocation from Nogata-Takatori Castle to Masutomi Castle.
The newly-assigned commander chose the temple as that of his family and
commuted from his castle residence to pray a prayer on a daily basis.
The main gate of the Rinnouji Temple originally served the back gate of Masutomi Castle.
In 1615, the order to keep only one castle for each feudal domain was announced, and Masutomi Castle was dismantled.
The temple then was relocated and reconstructed as we see it here today.

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The Reconstruction work of the roads would then be completed by
 the followers of Kanbei proceeding the passing of their visionary leader.
Here, the culture of sweets-making developed through Nagasaki Kaido in the Edo period.
With the population booming through coal-mining industry during the Meiji period,
the region eventually became the birthplace of many notable snacks and sweets.
Such are the finger prints of Chikuho area supporting the development of Fukuoka Domain.
I hope you'd come visit and see it through your own eyes next time.

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