Photography at Shingen Museum, Japan (2020)

The Shingen Museum was opened in 2019, the same year as the 500th anniversary of the establishment of Kofu in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. It is located to the south of Takeda Shrine, which is the former site of the Takeda Residence, the home of Takeda Shingen, who was said to be the strongest military commander of Japan’s Warring States period (from the late 15th to the late 16th century).

Suplementary information

Fūrinkazan (Japanese: 風林火山, “Wind, Forest, Fire, Mountain”), is a popularized version of the battle standard used by the Sengoku period daimyō Takeda Shingen.

It is based on four phrases from Sun Tzu, which in the original Chinese appear in two consecutive passages:

“故其疾如風,其徐如林“

Let your rapidity be that of the wind, your gentleness that of the forest.

“侵掠如火,不動如山“ 

In raiding and plundering be like fire, be immovable like a mountain.