Watanabe KazanA local great who was active as a politician, painter, and scholar during the Edo period.
A local great who was active as a politician, painter, and scholar during the Edo period. Kazan is introduced at the Tahara City Museum.
He became familiar with painting from an early age, and based on his excellent drawing skills, he adopted the perspective of Western painting and produced many masterpieces.
At the age of 40, he took up the post of chief retainer of the Tahara domain and contributed to the domain. In preparation for famine, he set up a warehouse called “Houminkura” to store food, and during the “Famine of Tenmei” in the Edo period, the Tahara domain did not cause any starvation and was the only commendation from the shogunate.
In addition, he studied the West and denied “Sakoku”, but was perceived as a criticism of the Shogunate. He later committed suicide with a blade and died at the age of 49.
"Watanabe Kazan statue"
20-2 Nakakoji, Taharacho, Tahara, Aichi 441-3421