Samurai Statue in Tokyo Imperial Palace Gardens

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This statue is the great samurai, Kusunoki Masashige. The photo is taken in the East Garden outside Tokyo’s Imperial Palace.

Statue of samurai warrior Kusunoki Masashige

This photo of the samurai Kusunoki Masashige statue was taken by me 2 years ago, and is my submission for the Japan Times Online Weekend Scene photo gallery.

The statue can be seen in the gardens surrounding Tokyo’s Imperial Palace. Kusunoki Masashige was a great samurai warrior who fought for Japan’s Emperor in the early 14 century. He is depicted riding horseback on a rearing horse, likely in tribute to his leadership of one of many great samurai battles he fought for Japan’s Emperor.

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  1. Japan Australia

    It is a great statue and very imposing. I guess he could strike the fear in any of his enemies!!

  2. Julie Donec

    Can you please tell me the name of the sculptor who created this piece of work?
    I saw it when we were visiting the Imperial Palace this summer, and would like to see other work. Thanks for this,
    J

    • The sculptor’s name is Kotaro Takamura. Wikipedia says, and there is no reference to back this up, that the statue was made in 1897… however that would mean Takamura made the statue when he just 14 years old.

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