Statues, cappuccinos, trains and burgers!? Yep, this Kochi hero is everywhere!
Today, we are celebrating the birthday of one of Japan’s most influential historical figures who was born right here in Kochi exactly 188 years ago! He played an instrumental role in ending feudal military rule in Japan over 150 years ago, with his charismatic personality and ability to bring people together. The name is Ryoma Sakamoto!
One of the many reasons why he remains widely respected even after all of these years is because he pushed for peaceful political reform rather than military force. He managed to negotiate an alliance between two incredibly powerful domains at the time, which pressured the feudal regime to eventually resign its powers. This brought Japan into the new era of modernization
When you arrive in Kochi, you will find many images of Ryoma Sakamoto, including the 13.5 meter-high statue at Katsurahama Beach, but it doesn’t stop there! Cocochi Coffee at Kochi Station serves a cappuccino with Ryoma Sakamoto’s portrait (aka, a work of art), the “Shikoku Tosa Toki no Yoakeno Monogatari” (Tale of the Dawn of an Era) sightseeing train has a gorgeous design of two different images of him, and 5019 PREMIUM FACTORY serves the most epic…Ryoma Burger!