Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Kanmon Straits; place of Two wars of Old and New etc;


Kanmon Strait Bridge (bridge between Kyushu and Honshu)
Although it was a bit cloudy day when we visited, made me think about the history of my prefecture.  (pictures are not from recent ones but haven't posted)


Dannoura (壇ノ浦) at Kanmon Straits (関門海峡)is the place where Two Battles of old and newer ones occurred. It's located between my prefecture and Fukuoka-pref.



The Shimonoseki Campaign (下関戦争)
Shimonoseki Campain ←link   This war happened from 1863 to 1864, to control the Straits by joint naval forces from 4 countries.  "Sonno-joi movement. 尊皇攘夷"  the principle of advocating reverence for the Emperor and the expulsion of foreigners was deeply related with this war.  


 Genpei  War  (源平合戦)
Genpei War ←link   This was a conflict between the Taira-clan(平)and Minamoto-clan(源)which happened during the late Heian period (1180-1185).  Also know as Battle of Dannoura (壇ノ浦の戦い). At school , we learn a proverb (my direct transration) "Arrogance like Taira-clan's won't last long. 驕る平氏は久しからず".    The equivalent for "Pride goes before a fall." in English.








For Flower and Critter Links
Pictures of the flowers were taken at my friend's garden and inside the front door. 
For Critters link; Eileen and edenhills.  I found the butterfly 'Pseudothemis zonata'  at the little pond near my house. My husband's lady band member sent me the stag beetle's picture 'Lucanus maculifemoratus'  It's a season to see them♪ 
Wishing you will have a wonderful rest of the week.

Linking this post to, "Outdoor Wednesday", "WATW", "Flower Wednesday", Floral Passions,

21 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

good to remember wars, i think. wonderful area, bridge, monuments.

Tamar SB said...

How beautiful and touching.

riitta k said...

It was great to read about your history. The Genpei monument looks great and the contrast between the old world and the new is so well captured & told by the bridges. Have a lovely day.

Tamago said...

That is a nice area holding the history. I remember seeing sculptures of Minamoto and Taira in your past post. Love the dynamic design. They are very impressive!
Stag beetle brings back memories of summer school vacation..and 夏休みの宿題 :-)

Have a wonderful day, Miyako san!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I feel like I travel the world reading posts, it is great to read the history of your country. The statues are wonderful. I love the flowers and the dragonfly. Beautiful post and photos. Enjoy your day!

Light and Voices said...

Miyako, I absolutely adore the dragonfly image. Impressive photography!

Karen S. said...

Good morning Miyako, thank you so much for sharing some of your history with us. Your photos are beautiful images and the dragonfly the best of all! Enjoy your day.

Jedidja said...

Goedemorgen dear Miyako. How are you? Love to read about the history of you country. Thank you so much. We can learn so much through study our history :-) Flowers are Always nice and amazing. I think your friend loves flowers too. The white one are nice but the others are my favorite. Is it nice weather in your area? No eartquakes now? Greaatings from me, out a warm, clammy Holland. Love to read about you!!!

Villrose said...

Love the bridge in the first photo!
And of course the flowers and bugs...

Ida said...

The bridge/fence shot is really pretty. Love the trees.
Lovely flowers and great critters, the beetle was fun to see.

Ruth Kelly said...

Now that I think about it, there are two bridges in your first photo. Thank you for sharing your part of the world and the history.

Sussi said...

interesting and impressive!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

The sculpture is impressive. Always love bougainvillea and the little beetle is a great finish.

Denise inVA said...

Dearest Miyako, I always enjoy your very interesting posts and I feel I learn so much! Thank you for sharing both history and the beauty through your photos and narrative, and thank you for sharing them with Today's Flowers. I wish you a very happy weekend :) Your friend Denise in Virginia, USA.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Interesting post Miyako -- I always learn something from your posts -- my knowledge of your country's history is poor, but I am learning from you. The equivalent saying to 'pride goes before a fall' was fun to learn -- probably, that is something parents all over the world teach their children!

The flower, butterfly and beetle pictures are all excellent.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Miyako, Thank you for linking up your pretty post and dragonfly. It is a beautiful capture. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

jeannettestgermain said...

Great to see the remnants of these battles, also the statues, and not to forget the red bridge. I agree "arrogance before the Taiko clan won't last long:)Thank you so much for sharing this part of your country's history with SEASONS! Wishing you a beautiful week:)

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Maggie said...

I always enjoy hearing about the history of other lands and found your post very interesting, especially the similarity between our "pride goes before a fall" saying and yours.
Your photographs and mosaics are lovely, the frames that you chose to enhance the photos are beautiful.
Thanks for being a part of Mosaic Monday again this week.

bettyl-NZ said...

History should be remembered, the good and the bad. These are awesome artistic reminders. Love the flowers and little critters!

Rambling Woods said...

I apologize for being so late to visit Miyako. I am sad that there is so much much remains of war around the planet... We are all one species and should act like it....Michelle