Uwajima Edo mansion

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The Date clan lords of Uwajima han maintained a kami yashiki (upper mansion) in the Azabu area of Edo; its former location is today the site of the National Art Center, Tokyo (Kokuritsu shinbijutsukan) and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (Seisaku kenkyû daigaku daigakuin). It neighbored the mansion of the Nabeshima clan lords of Kashima han (Hizen province).

The mansion is depicted in an 1851 handscroll painting by Uwajima domain retainer Uetsuki Gyôkei now held at the Kagoshima University Library and entitled Ryûkyûjin ôrai suji nigiwai no zu (琉球人往来筋賑図).

Meiji Period

In the Meiji period, the Date family, now members of the kazoku aristocracy, built a new mansion at Shirokane 2-chôme, in Tokyo's Minato-ku. The Taishô period main gate to that mansion was later relocated to Koganei Park around 1965, and remains there today, within what is today the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.[1]


  • Niwa Kenji 丹羽謙治. Nihon kinsei seikatsu ehiki: Ryûkyûjin gyôretsu to Edo hen 日本近世生活絵引:琉球人行列と江戸編、Research Center for Nonwritten Cultural Materials, Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture, Kanagawa University 神奈川大学日本常民文化研究所非文字資料研究センター (2020), 99.
  1. Explanatory plaques, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.[1]

External Links

  • Former site of the Uwajima Edo mansion on Google Maps.[2]