Friday, June 10, 1921: Naohiro NABESHIMA in critical fatal condition.

On Friday, June 10, 1921, Naohiro NABESHIMA (74 years old), the former lord of the Hizen Saga Domain, was reported to be in critical condition. In 1861 (Bunkyu 1), he succeeded the lord of the Saga Domain from his father, Naomasa NABESHIMA, at the age of 16, and in 1871 (Meiji 4), he became the governor of the Saga Domain in Haihan-chiken (abolition of feudal domains and establishment of prefectures), but he resigned; he accompanied the Iwakura Mission to study in the United States, and later moved to Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

1880 (Meiji 13) Naohiro NABESHIMA went to Rome as an envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Italy. Two years later, his second daughter was born and she was named Itsuko, meaning “Child of Italian Capital.”. Itsuko was engaged to Prince Nashimotonomiya Morimasa in 1896 (Meiji 29) and married 4 years later. Their eldest daughter, Princess Nashihongu Masako, became the wife of Yi Unn, the heir of the Korean Empire in 1920 (Taisho 9).

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