On Thursday, October 10th, Mr. Morihisa Matsudaira, the 14th head of the Aizu-Matsudaira clan and adviser to KUFS’s Office of Public Relations, held a public lecture titled “Kyoto in the final years of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Aizu clan” in Marunouchi, Tokyo. This lecture was held as part of the joint event “Kyoto Academia Week 2019 (October 7th – 11th)” at Kyoto Academia Forum in Marunouchi, a venue co-established by nine universities in Kyoto Prefecture.
The lecture was attended by about 100 people who were highly interested in Kyoto and Aizu, who listened intently about the way Matsudaira Katamori lived a life of honesty and conscience even amidst turmoil at the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate, and the ethical teachings of the Aizu people. In the questions and answers session that followed, they touched upon how former members of the Aizu clan lived their lives when they relocated to the Tonami domain (present-day Aomori Prefecture) after they lost to the Boshin War (1868-1869) and their lands were taken away. Mr. Matsudaira commented, “Despite their living conditions in a harsh natural environment, former clan members still believed in the revival of the Matsudaira family someday. The way they led their lives with pride is deeply touching.”
Thank you to everyone who participated in the lecture.