Mistress of the Elements!
Queen of All!
On this day in 1828, the famous Japanese samurai warrior Saigō Takamori was born in Kagoshima. He has often been called ‘the last samurai’. He went on to lead troops of the Satsuma region as they fought their rivals Chōshū. He opposed the opening and modernising of Japan in the Meiji Restoration of 1868, and the ruling Tokugawa Bakufu. He was a leader of the 1877 Satsuma Rebellion against the Meiji Government. Takamori was the basis for Ken Watanabe’s character in the 2003 film ‘The Last Samurai’. Text and image via http://fyeah-asian-history-art.tumblr.com/
Odd. He doesn’t look anything like Tom Cruise
Arizona Muse by Patrick Demarchelier for UK Vogue June 2011