INTRODUCTIOON TO THE EXHIBITION
It was the Kikkawa family that substantially governed Iwakuni for a long time. However, the family was officially recognized as the Joshu-kaku (feudal lord rank) in June 1867 at length. This was the result of efforts by Takachika MORI who was a feudal lord of the Choshu domain. Takachika asked cooperation of Tsunemasa KIKKAWA to use good offices to contribute to the national affairs. At the same time Takachika made promise promotion of feudal lords, and it was realized.
Tunemasa was born in 1829 in a samurai residence called Sencho-yakata located in Yokoyama area. He succeeded the family estate in 1844, then initiated to establish a clan school “Yoro-kan” for human resources development. Four years later, the school was opened. After that, he cooperated to the commitment to the national affairs by the Choshu feudal clan, and exerted himself to avoid war at the first Choshu expedition. Two years later, he made efforts to build up defenses at Geishu-kuchi during the second Choshu expedition (Shikyo-no-eki). “Geishu” is an old name of Hiroshima prefecture and “kuchi” means an entrance.