The stone monument of Lord Ieyasu's teachings

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Do you know about Japanese parks? In Okazaki Park, there is a stone monument called “Toshoko Ikun Hi”. At 4T-AMKY, Teachers and Students write about Japanese culture, food, history, many spots to visit, and other stuff. Enjoy reading and knowing about deeper Japanese culture!

Okazaki Park#03 – The stone monument of Lord Ieyasu’s teachings


There is a very large, eye-catching stone monument in front of the Okazaki Castle tower. It is called “Toshoko Ikun Hi” and is inscribed with the famous life precepts of Ieyasu Tokugawa (“IYEYASU’S TEACHINGS ON THE CONDUCT OF LIFE”).

A thick stone which is inscribed with Ieyasu’s teachings is on the back of a large stone turtle, and six dragons are engraved at the top of it. It was such a beautifully engraved monument with the crisp expression of the turtle, the patterns of the turtle’s hands and shell, and even the scales of the dragon that I felt it was very powerful.

On the side of the monument, there is an explanatory board that describes the origin of the monument’s construction. It was written by the mayor of Okazaki.

According to it, this monument was contributed to Okazaki City by Kenjiro Kato, who founded the Okazaki Bank and contributed to the development of the economic world as the president of the Okazaki Chamber of Commerce and Industry. And it is said that he took Ieyasu’s teachings as his lifelong motto and he built the monument to help strengthen and nurture the citizens.

When I read the teachings, I felt that they were exactly right and they really hit home for me. Although they were written about 400 years ago, they are not old-fashioned at all and can be understood today. I also wanted to live with them as my motto, always being aware of them.

On the explanatory board, the content of Ieyasu’s teachings was also introduced in English. Here is a quotation from it in English. I hope you enjoy it.

Man’s life is like going on foot a long way bearing a heavy burden, with no need to hurry. Remember that absolute satisfaction is denied mortals, and you will be contented. If you are ruled by avarice, call to mind the needy circumstances you were once placed in.

Forbearance is the root of peace and prosperity, and if you forget sufferings and defeat, you will be ruined. Be severe in criticizing yourself and be lenient with others. To fall short is better than to go too far.
January, 15, 1603

A man should know himself!
Even the weight of a dewdrop, Bows down a blade of grass.

Explanatory board of Lord Ieyasu's teachings
Explanatory board of Lord Ieyasu’s teachings










人はただ身のほどを知れ草の葉の 露も重きは落つるものかな