Monthly Archives: August 2020

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:


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


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


Photography in Yamanashi, Japan (2020)

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At Fuji Sengen Shrine : Shooting date 8/12/2020

 According to shrine legend, it was built in 807. Although it incurred major damage from the Hoei eruption (1707), it was rebuilt in 1718 and has since been repeatedly repaired to reach its current state.

When the main shrine hall was restored in 2009, it was discovered that some sections of the hall had been built using beams that were around 300 years old.