Nasu no Yoichi

Nasu no Yoichi  (c. 1169 – c. 1232) was a  samurai who fought alongside the Minamoto clan in the Genpei War. He is particularly famous for his actions at the Battle of Yashima in 1184. According to the Heike Monogatari, (The tale of the Heike) based on a historical battle between two top clans in 12th century Japan. The enemy Taira  placed a fan atop the… Read More Nasu no Yoichi

Nogi Shrine

Near  Nishinasuno is Nogi Jinja or Nogi Shrine. This is the resting place of Nogi Maresuke , the head of the army during the Meiji period.  There is a beautiful park and grounds beyond the shrine that includes a house where Maresuke lived,, The Seisho pond is beautiful all year, but particularly so in spring

Poppo Dori

While out walking I came across a bike/pedestrian trail track with lots of statues and odd artefacts along the way.   Investigation turns up that it’s called Poppo-dori and is what is left of the old Toya Tetsudo (Toya railroad), which ran 24.4km from Nishinasuno to Nasu Ogawa, in the 1920-50’s and used to carry timber,… Read More Poppo Dori