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Iga: General

Written on: Sunday April 25th, 2010

A journal entry from: Mie Prefecture

Iga city actually recently became as such due to the merging of another city (Ueno), two towns and two villages. The population (over 10,000) seems to be smaller then most other cities in Japan due to the area having less economic incentives. However, this was not always the case.

(Thanks goes out to a sensei at Yamasa Institue for the following information).

There was a time when this area's economy was based on lumber. However by the 14th century this income decreased and was unable to be replaced with other agricultural means. Meanwhile the local lord and authorities did not offer their people's protection so the locals had to find their own means of survival. Methods which involved cunning, stealth and surprise attacks was born and years later marketable. And so ninja (Shinobi) were created. 

It is also the birthplace of the haiku poet Basho Matsuo in the early Edo period. And his family home is preserved as a museum.

There is also a Tenjin Matsuri that has a parade of demons which uses Noh style masks. The danjiri (floats) are on displayed year round in a well organized museum. For a few more notes on the festival please visit: http://photojapan.karigrohn.com/Ueno%20Tenjinmatsuri/Ueno%20Tenjin%20Matsuri%2001.html

Sadly though there are really not a lot of online resources about the city. For a very simple article on Iga please visit the wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iga,_Mie 

 More detailed pictures from Iga, Mie will be posted over the next few days. :)

 

From brizmus (Audrey) on Apr 26th, 2010

It really just sounds so awesome - like an absolutely FABULOUS place to spend a day!

From J-L Usher on May 1st, 2010

It was. Actually I don't know if you met Collin at the bar Friday night... but he is the fellow in charge of the trip. And is a husband of a Yamasa teacher. Very knowledgeable about Japanese history and overall great person to talk to.