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Ueno Park is most famous for its cherry blossoms. Under the tree Japanese celebrate Karaoke. Evey two meters there is a place where they are sitting on blue plastics, a radio is playing music and somebody is singing.

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Ueno koen (park) also has direct historical links between both the Tokugawa and Meiji eras; from feudal Edo to modern Tokyo. Toshogu-kyu stands as a memorial to the first Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and, in an accident of history, as a reminder that Ueno was the scene, in 1867, of a final stand by Tokugawa loyalists, the Shogotai, against the restoration of Imperial rule. Saigo Takamori, the general who led Imperial troops against the Shogotai is also memorialized, with some irony, in statue form; in 1878, it was Saigo who would lead an unsuccessful insurrection, the Satsuma Rebellion, in opposition to the Imperial government's rush toward Westernization and the demotion of Samurai to a lower social status.

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