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15 Mar 2002
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Nogi Shrine and former Nogi Residence

Nogi Shrine (乃木神社 Nogi-jinja) is a Shintō shrine located on the grounds of General Nogi's former residence in Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tōkyō, close to Roppongi's Mid-Town Complex. It was established in November 1923 and dedicated to Nogi Maresuke and his wife Shizuko who both took their lives on the day Emperor Meiji was interred. General Nogi is enshrined as a Shintō deity and venerated in several shrines across Japan (in Kyōto, in Shimonoseki where his family hailed from, in Tochigi where he served as a commander, and in Saitama). The shrine was destroyed in the Tokyo air raids in 1945 and rebuilt in 1957.


The main building of general Nogi's residence, built in 1902, is a spartan wooden building with a tiled roof and was modeled on French military barracks that impressed the general so much during his stay in Germany. Making skillful use of the sloped terrain,...

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