People are lounging and relaxing in the shade of the trees that frame the sun-drenched lawn. This is Komaba Garden in Komaba, the former residence of the Marquis Maeda. In other words, it is where the descendants of Toshiie Maeda, the lord of the Kaga domain, lived.
As one would expect from the Maeda family, which ruled fief of Kaga, which yields one million koku of rice, the garden of the residence, which was built after the Meiji era, is large enough for many people to relax in. Unlike when the villa was first built, it is now surrounded by houses, but even so, when one is on the lawn, one does not notice the surrounding buildings and feels a sense of openness. If it were within walking distance from my house, I would visit often, even with a book in my hand.
Unfortunately, the Marquis Maeda's residence was not occupied for a very long time by the man who built it, Toshinari Maeda. Thirteen years after the mansion was completed, he died in an accident off the coast of Borneo. The mansion then passed into the hands of others, and after the war it was confiscated by the U.S. military. Since it was used as the official residence of the Commander of the Allied Forces Far East, one would think that MacArthur lived here, but it seems that it was the Commander of the Fifth Air Force, Whitehead, who lived there.
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