I am told and I believe Lord Ieyasu was more a man of peace with good skills in peacemaking and conflict resolution, more than as a Military strategist. He lost in a major battle and wanted to kill himself, but was prevailed upon by a priest-mentor not to do so. That was his turning point from a warrior to a Peacemaker!
While far from establishing a pacifist shogunate, he should be remembered more as a unifier that established the foundations of the Japanese nation, as a disciplined peaceful nation-state. I look to the day when Okazaki city transforms its Historical sites as peace memorials, and less about Meiji modernist narratives that tried to destroy the memory of its founder as a peacemaker, his home, and his achievements as a man who renounced war to become a nation builder and peacemaker.
ーFilipino business man in 50s
It is rich in nature where we can enjoy hiking, picking grapes and tea leaves, fishing and camping in the beautiful “picturesque” country side. You can enjoy the unique side of Japan which isn’t available in big cities.
ーFrench couple in 60s
As I visited Okazaki, my perspective towards Japan has changed. I hope that we can continue to establish a good relationship through communication and cultural exchange. Visiting Okazaki made me realize that Okazaki is the “Home of Peace”.
ーStudent from Korea in early 20s
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