Soseki’s Footsteps in Kumamoto

Natsume Soseki arrived in Kumamoto on April 13th, 1896, exactly one hundred and eighteen years ago this month.  A map of Kumamoto during the time Soseki lived  in this town.  Ikeda Station is where Soseki stepped off when he first set foot in Kumamoto.  It is now known as Kami-Kumamoto train station 上熊本駅.  There is a statue of Natsume Soseki in the vicinity of the station area. Soseki’s presence remains …

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宮本武蔵 Miyamoto Musashi In the Spirit Rock Cave

 It was in this cave in which Miyamoto Musashi wrote the Book of Five Rings 語輪書during the year 1645. Reigando霊巌洞, or Spirit Rock Cave, is located on Mount Iwatono in present-day Kumamoto prefecture, west of Kumamoto city. During Musashi’s time, it was known as mountain Iwato of Higo. Higo was the name of the  region that later became Kumamoto Prefecture. A temple later was established as part of the entrance …

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