The Momorial for Samurai of Satomi Clans and Yonakiishi
On the north of the rose garden in Satomi Park
, there are a large round stone and three stone tablets on the stone wall
apparently the castle in Sengaku Period
. They are Yonakiishi (the stone cries at night)
and the memorial for Hirotsugu Satomi and Samurai Worriers
belonging to Satomi Clan
. Satomi Park is a municipal park built on the remains of Konodaijo Castle
built in Sengoku Period. About 500 years ago, the battles between Satomi
Clan in Awa
and Hojo Clan
in Sagami Province
happened in this area called Konodai. Finally, the Hojo won and the Satomi
lost, and there are many legends has existed in the area along Edogawa
River such as in Edogawa-ku
and Hime Miya Shrine in Junsaiike Park and Awa Jinja Shrine near Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple
in Ichikawa city
. Yonakiishi and the memorial for Hirotsugu Satomi and Samurai Worriers
belonging to Satomi Clan are the important historical assets telling the
stories of the second battle of Konodai in 1564.
Why don't you visit Yonakiishi and the Memorial for Samurai of Satomi Clan
in Satomi Park?
The Legend of Yonakiishi
According to some old stories, there were thousands of the war dead at
the battles in Konodai in 1564, and Hirotsugu Satomi
, the son of Yoshihiro Satomi, the head of Satomi Family, was dead, then
the youngest daughter of Hirotsugu came to the battle fields in Konodai
from Awa province to hold a memorial service for her father. At that time,
she was 12 or 13 years old girl, she was passed away with pity and fear
when she was shocked looking at the ghastly sight at the battlefields.
After her death, neighbors had heard sobbing from a stone every day at night. Therefore, they called the stone 'Yonakiishi
(the stone cries at night). After a sumurai visited and held a memorial service for the pity princess, the sobbing never heard anymore.
Now according to the records of the second battles of Konodai in 1564, Hirotsugu Satomi was only 15 years old boy and it was his first campaign.
This story might be created since there had been the memorial stone tablet for Hirotsugu Satomi on the next of Akedo Old Mound in Satomi Park.
The Momorial Stone Tablets For Hirotsugu Satomi and The Samurais
In January 4th of 1564, Yoshihiro Satomi pitched camp at Konodai with
8000 samurais to intercept Ujiyasu Hojo and his 20000 samurais. In early
morning of January 8th, the Hojo made a surprised attack on the Satomi.
All the Satomi's samurais were in a panic when they had heard the battle
cry raised by the Hojo, they scrambled to get horses and helmets; some
put only helmets on without armors and others put armors on but nothing
in their hands.
As the result of the battle, the Satomi lost the battle, and Hirotsugu Satomi
, Naizen Masaki and about 5000 samurai worriers were died, but nobody had
held any memorial services for them. In 1829, the memorial tablet for the
samurais belonging to the Satomi (left) and the grave stone of the samurais
(center) were built. And the grave stone of Hirotsugu Satomi (right) was
built by Tatsugoro Ishii.
Now there exist these stone tablets built to hold memorial services for the sumurais died in the second battle of Konodai after 265 years had passed.
The Momorial Stone Tablets for Samurai of Satomi Clans and Yonakiishi in Satomi Park
- The Momorial Stone Tablets for Samurai of Satomi Clans and Yonakiishi in
Satomi Park has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International
- From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Konodai Sta, take minimally 45 minutes from Narita Airport. And also take Keisei Narita Sky Access line bound to Nippori Sta or Haneda International Airport and get off Shin Kamagaya Sta, transfer the line to Hokuso line bound to Nishi Magome or Haneda International Airport and get off Yakiri Sta.
- From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Konodai Sta. And also take Keikyu-line bound to Inba Nihon Daigaku (Nihon University) and get off Yakiri Sta.
- Take 10 minute walk from Konodai and Yakiri Sta.
- 3-9 Konodai, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken
The Noted Scenic Spots in and around Satomi Park
Visitors find nature, history and culture in this area.
Visotors enjoy seeing beautiful cherry blossoms, roses and colored leaves.
The House of Hakushu Kitahara
Rakan no I Well has a legend that Kobo Daishi Kukai found
The Momorial for Samurai of Satomi Clans and Yonaki Ishi (the stone cries at night)
Related to the battle of Konodai
They are intorduced in Edo Meisho Zue in Edo period.
It is the intangible cultural property registered by Chiba
It was treated as a high ranked temple as same as Upper Class Daimyos
by Edo Bakufu.
It is famous for a traditional event called 'Tsujikiri'.
Many flowers bloom and many birds come this water park .
There are many exciting noted spots along this river, Yoko no Matsu in Zenyoji, Koiwa Iris Garden, Yagiri no Watashi Ferry, Shinozaki Ponyland and so on are very wonderful..
Tekona, the subject of many poems in the Anthology of a Myriad Leaves, Mamasan temple connects with Gyoki, Kobo and Issa Kobayashi. It is good place to walk along.
Genkoji Temple, a branch temple of Ryogoku Ekoin has a beautiful garden
and CafeTerrace Ekoin.
It commands a panoramic view of Mt.Fuji behind Tokyo.