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Saigō Takamori


Saigō Takamori (西郷 隆盛, Saigō Takamori 23 January 1827/28 — 24 September 1877), one of the most influential samurai in Japanese history, lived during the late Edo Period and early Meiji Era.


A famous bronze statue of Saigō walking his dog stands in Ueno Park, Tokyo. Made by Takamura Koun, it was unveiled on 18 December 1898. Saigō met the noted British diplomat Ernest Satow in the 1860s, as recorded in the latter's A Diplomat in Japan, and he was present at the unveiling as recorded in his diary.


Saigō's last stand against the Meiji government was the historical basis for the 2003 film The Last Samurai.


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