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

This month's Train Vert

The Agakita Group: Supporters of Sengoku's Most Powerful, the Uesugi Army

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During the Sengoku period (late 15th century to 16th century), a group of petty lords lived in the northern part of the Echigo Province (now Niigata), located to the north of central Honshu. Because they resided to the north ("kita" in Japanese) of the Agano River (pictured), they were called the Agakita Group. The group was sent to the area by order of the Kamakura shogunate, which was created by Minamoto Yoritomo, the man who established Japan's feudal government. They were proud of this, and they had a fierce spirit of independence. The group eventually came under the command of the heroic Uesugi Kenshin, where they continued to play a vital role in supporting the Uesugi clan. We set out to take a journey in their footsteps.

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Part1

Irobe Katsunaga: The Man Who Received a Letter of Appreciation From Uesugi Kenshin
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Part2

Search for the Salmon Flavors Relished by the Agakita Group
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Part3

Honjo Shigenaga: The Man Known as the "God of War"

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