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update:January 20, 2016

The Last Residence of Sumitada Omura

 

Sumitada Omura was the 18th ruler of Omura-ryo and the first daimyo (feudal lord) in Japan to convert to Christianity. He played a huge role on foreign relations and trade during 16th Century Japan. After many trials and tribulations, victories and successes, he stepped down as the Ryoshu (territorial ruler) in 1586 and spent his last year in this quaint residency called Sakaguchi (entrance of the mountains). In 1587, he developed consumption and fell very ill. An account by one of the priests of that day states that Sumitada knew his condition was worsening and that he would soon die. He had a song bird as a pet at his residency. One day, he opened the cage doors and let the bird fly away. The next day, he passed away. He was 55 years old.

There is a small park and a traditional fountain with rock garden at this site. It is located near the Omura Highway Interchange in the eastern part of the city.