Train Vert is the JR East Shinkansen travel magazine, which introduces aspects of the culinary culture and natural environment of East Japan. "Train Vert" means "green train" in French.

This month's Train Vert

Kiyokawa Hachiro, Genius of Shonai; Saigo Takamori, Benefactor of Shonai

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Kiyokawa Hachiro, born in what is now Yamagata Prefecture, was a figure that made efforts towards generational reform at the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Saigo Takamori, on the other hand, was the man who made the decision as to what would be done with the Shonai Domain, which was a part of the shogunate forces defeated by the imperial army, after the Boshin War fought in the last year of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The people of Shonai, inspired by Saigo's character and behavior, maintain an attachment to him--a former enemy--even now. We cover the stories of these two men, which played out in the Shonai area, facing the Japan Sea, in the southern part of the Tohoku region.



Kiyokawa Hachiro, a Man of Purpose: His Efforts Towards a Complete National Transformation


The Might of the Shonai Troops in Their Victory Over Imperial Forces


Saigo Takamori Arrives in Shonai


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