Suda Yakata (Omi)
Suda-yakata was built before 1428, when it first appears to history as Kitasuda-dono, by Suda Tamezani. The Suda Clan, who were vassals of the Iba Clan, were actually descended from the Shinano-Suda via Minamoto Yoritsugi of the Shinano-Minamoto, and Suda Tamezani was a son of Minamoto Yoritsugi. But how the Suda came to settle in Ōmi is not known exactly. In the reign of Suda Sadatoshi, in the Muromachi period, the Suda Clan left the Suda-yakata and re-established themselves at a new residence to the north, the Sano-yakata, at which time the Suda-yakata may have been abandoned.
Not much remains of Suda-yakata, a fortified manor hall, and the site is now an altar to Jizō. The altar sits on a raised plot of earth fronted with stone blocks. Some castle maniacs may interpret this plot as a vestige of the old yakata, but this may be only fancy. Jizō is a mysterious enough figure to prompt the imagination. Whilst I was meditating on this a fox came prancing down the road and turned into the yakata site, staying for a short while in the grass there. The time was early morning.
|Suda Yakata (Omi)
|Pre Edo Period
|Notogawa Station on the Biwako Line; 30 minute walk
|24/7 free; fields
|Higashi-Ōmi, Shiga Prefecture
|35° 9' 39.78" N, 136° 9' 16.16" E
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