Saturday, June 18 1921: Naohiro Nabeshima, former lord of the Hizen Saga Domain, died.

1921 (Taisho 10) Naohiro Nabeshima, former lord of the Hizen Saga Domain, died on Saturday, June 18. He was 74 years old. The funeral was held not in Buddhist style but in Shinto style. He was buried in the Aoyama Cemetery, not in Kensu-ji Temple, a family temple of the Nabeshima family in the Saga Domain of Hizen Province. The chief mourner is Naomitsu NABESHIMA, Naohiro’s legitimate son. He was 48 years old at the time. When Naomitsu NABESHIMA became the 12th family head of the Nabeshima Domain, he succeeded the title of marquis and became a member of the House of Peers. The person in charge of the funeral was Shigenobu Okuma, a leading figure from Saga Domain. With the death of Naohiro Nabeshima, only one of the former lords of the Aki and Hiroshima domains remains alive. 54 years after the Taisei Hokan (transfer of power back to the Emperor) by Yoshinobu TOKUGAWA in 1867, many people in the Taisho period who heard the news of Naohiro NABESHIMA’s death thought that the Edo bakufu era had passed by far.

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