A large crest was installed on the door of Togo Jinja Shrine located in Jingumae, Tokyo. The golden emblem depicted a combination of the so-called "crest of chrysanthemum" and ivy leaves. The chrysanthemum crest is, of course, the crest of the imperial family. The ivy leaf, on the other hand, is the crest of the Togo family. This shrine is dedicated to Heihachiro Togo, who was the Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet during the Russo-Japanese War. The crests of the imperial family and the Togo family are depicted together here.
Although the status of military personnel in Japan has declined considerably since the end of World War II, according to Wikipedia, Heihachiro Togo was "one of the men who raised Japan's international status to that of a member of the Five Powers." He was so popular and well-liked that a Togo Jinja Shrine was built in Jingumae and a Togo Temple was built in Fuchu.
Heihachiro Togo, who attracted the world's attention when he defeated the Baltic Fleet of the Russian Imperial Navy, was also the first Japanese to appear on the cover of the American news magazine Time. The year was 1926, the year Heihachiro Togo was awarded the Order of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum. Japan's naval power must have been so highly regarded that an American magazine would feature the Admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy on its cover. Today, one cannot help but feel a sense of a world apart.
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