Imperial Prince Taruhito, Prince Arisugawa
1835-1895. A member of the Imperial family, a politician and a military man. He was the first son of Prince Arisugawa, Imperial Prince Takahito. At the age of 17 he was betrothed to Imperial Princess Kazu, who was then 6 years old, but Princess Kazu was subsequently married off to the 14th Shogun, Iemochi, for the purpose of reconciling the Imperial court and the Shogunate. Legend has it that the annulment of his betrothal prompted him to become anti-Shogunate and to support the antiforeigner faction. Although he was appointed as the state affairs commissioner, he fell from grace after thee rebellions at Hamaguri Gate. When regal government was restored, he became the president of the new government, assuming the office of the commander of the Eastern Expeditionary High Command in the Boshin War (1868-69) and surrendered Edo Castle without bloodshed.
- Association with Minato City
Statue of the Prince on horseback in Arisugawanomiya Memorial Park
The bronze statue of Prince Arisugawa, Imperial Prince Taruhito stands on top of a hill in Arisugawanomiya Memorial Park in Minami Azabu. The area was originally the site of the Asano family villa. The villa was subsequently owned by Lord Nambu of Mino of the Morioka clan and became the land of the Imperial Prince Arisugawa household. Although Imperial Prince Taruhito was supposed to spend his last days in this palace, he died without ever occupying it.. The statue of the Imperial Prince Taruhito was first erected in 1903 on the premises of the former chief staff headquarters, then in 1962 moved to this park, which has strong associations with the Imperial Prince.
Japanese Biographic Dictionary (Kodansha)
Arisugawanomiya Memorial Park (5-7-29 Minami Azabu) Onshi Garden of the former Shiba Detached Palace (1-4-1 Kaigan)
Arisugawanomiya Memorial Park (Yasuhiko Maejima / Gogakusha)