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Shiki Masaoka Statue

4.3/5
4 Reviews
Address: Dogoyunomachi, Matsuyama 790-0842, Ehime Prefecture

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Next to the release garden in front of Dogo Onsen Station, there is a bronze statue. He is holding a baseball bat and wearing a baseball cap and staring into the distance. This is Masaoka Zigui. Masaoka, who was born in Matsuyama, entered the preparatory gate of the University of Tokyo in 1884. Here, he met Natsume Soseki from Tokyo in the same year and had a close relationship ever since. During this period, Masaoka Sheng had already started coughing up blood, incurable tuberculosis. He wrote more than 50 haikus about cuckoo birds. It is said that when cuckoo birds open their mouths, the red in their mouths is particularly conspicuous, like vomiting blood. "Zigui" is another name for cuckoo birds, so Masaoka promoted himself to use the pen name Masaoka Zigui. Although he is a writer, he also likes sports, especially baseball, and always serves as a catcher. However, a patient with tuberculosis is unable to exercise vigorously, so he can only hold a baseball bat in his statue to realize his baseball dream.

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