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“Japan Heritage” Certified by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in FY2016
The “DATE Culture” Fostered by Masamune
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4 Seated statue of DATE Masamune

4 Seated statue of DATE Masamune
Photo: Kumiko Inoue

This sculpture was created on the 17th anniversary of Masamune’s death, commissioned by his widow, Yotokuin. It was housed in Zuiganji temple in 1652. It is said to have been recreated based on the memory of the widow, and considered to be the most true-to-life portrait statue of Masamune in existence. It depicts Masamune wearing the helmet with his favorite “Maetate”, or the front ornament in the shape of a golden crescent moon. The repairment executed in 2012 revealed that the actual armor from the Warring States era was repaired and reused for this sculpture.

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Stories : 1 DATE Masamune and the Culture of the Sendai domain
Designated : 4 Miyagi Prefecture Tangible Cultural Property
Categories : 9 Vestiges of the multi-talented Masamune
Regions : 3 Matsushima Town
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Name : 4 Seated statue of DATE Masamune
Location : 91 Chonai, Matsushima-aza, Matsushima Town, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi
Location/Ownership/Traditional place
Collection of Zuiganji temple
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Access and Tourists Spots

  • 1. The Museum MATSUSHIMA

    The facility holds a combination of three private collections, including “Kitahara Toy Collection”, “Segawa Mode Collection” and a music box collection.

    33-3 Fugendo, Matsushima-aza, Matsushima Town

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  • 2. Michinoku DATE Masamune Historical Museum

    This museum was built to record the life of DATE Masamune, the hero from the Warring State period. Utilizing over 200 life-sized wax figures to depict the turbulent life of Masamune, the exhibition accurately recreates 25 major events in his life. Especially, the equestrian statue of Masamune is so life-like that it could start dashing at any moment. The exhibition also includes wax figures of 50 great Michinoku icons who were born in the Tohoku region, including DAZAI Osamu, MUNAKATA Shiko, MIYAZAWA Kenji and NOGUCHI Hideyo.

    13-13 Fugendo, Matsushima-aza, Matsushima Town

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Related Cultural Properties

  • 1 Black lacquered armor with five-pieced cuirass (owned by DATE Masamune)

    1 Black lacquered armor with five-pieced cuirass (owned by DATE Masamune)

  • 2 Jinbaori surcoats owned by the successive lords of the Sendai domain (Black wool jinbaori surcoat with red mountains motif owned by DATE Masamune)

    2 Jinbaori surcoats owned by the successive lords of the Sendai domain (Black wool jinbaori surcoat with red mountains motif owned by DATE Masamune)

  • 3 Artifacts excavated from the grave site of the lords of the Sendai domain (Golden Brooches / Letterbox decorated with gold lacquer)

    3 Artifacts excavated from the grave site of the lords of the Sendai domain (Golden Brooches / Letterbox decorated with gold lacquer)

  • 4 Seated statue of DATE Masamune

    4 Seated statue of DATE Masamune

  • 2 Jinbaori surcoats owned by the successive lords of the Sendai domain (Violet wool jinbaori surcoat with roundels in five colors)

    2 Jinbaori surcoats owned by the successive lords of the Sendai domain (Violet wool jinbaori surcoat with roundels in five colors)

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“Japan Heritage” Certified by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in FY2016
The “DATE Culture” Fostered by Masamune

“DATE Culture” Promoting Project Executive Committee
Miyagi Prefectural Bureau of Education, Department of Cultural Properties Protection 8-1 Hon-cho 3-chome, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi