Signal And Mural

Mural of the Iga Hundred Guns Squad
Shot in Okubo, Tokyo ©Tetsu Ozawa
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Beyond the crosswalk, I saw a mural depicting the Iga 100-man gun squad

If you exit the ticket gate of Okubo Station from the north exit and go straight ahead, you will soon find yourself on Okubo-dori Street. Okubo has an image of being full of Korean stars, cosmetics, and gourmet food, but this is only true from Shin-Okubo Station to the inside of the Yamanote Line, and the exotic atmosphere around Okubo Station is not strong.

To begin with, Okubo Station is located in Hyakunin-cho, not Okubo. Incidentally, Shin-Okubo Station is also in Hyakunin-cho, not Okubo. It's a bit complicated. I think it would be cooler to have the name Hyakunincho, which comes from the residence of the Iga clan's 100-man (Hyakunin) gun squad led by Kiyonari Naito, rather than Okubo, which came to be called Okubo because it was originally a large low-lying area (kubo), but Hyakunin-cho is treated carelessly.

There is nothing around Okubo Station to remind us of the history of the Iga-gumi Hyakunin Teppo-tai, which guarded the front gate of Kanei-ji Temple and Zojo-ji Temple when the shogun visited them. A large mural painted under the railroad guard may be the only one. The mural depicts a group of gunmen firing in unison at a signal from a military commander. As I was waiting at a traffic light, I turned my eyes to the mural to see the heroic figure of the gunmen on the other side of the road, but most of it was covered by shadows and I couldn't see it clearly.

日本語
Sep 2021 IN THE CITY TOKYO

Where is Okubo?

PHOTO DATA

No

12020

Shooting Date

Feb 2021

Posted On

September 5, 2021

Modified On

September 6, 2021

Place

Okubo, Tokyo

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

RICOH GR III

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