司馬遼太郎 

司馬うぐいす

 

Shiba Ryotaro was a famous Japanese writer who used to spend his childhood in Iwaki Village which is now Takenouchi, Katsuragi City. Iwaki Village was his mother's hometown and old Taimacho Town made deep impression upon him as a child.   

Shiba Ryotaro said in his lecture at old Taimacho in 1986: The slope that goes up from Nagao to Takenouchi was very impressive.  He referred to the beautiful scenery of old Taimacho Town in "Going Over Takenouchi” (Takenouchigoe) of his book, Kaido-o-Yuku (Walking along the streets).  He described  two scenes as the most beautiful views of Japan, which are Mt. Nijyo and the sunset beyond its summit and the view of Taimadera Temple from Nagao, mostly covered with trees and grasses.  The scenery today is completely different from those days, but we can see the remains of the old days in Mt. Nijyo and Taimadera Temple.

Shiba Ryotaro wrote many books including history novels such as Ryoma-ga-Yuku (Ryoma goes), Nanohana-no-Oki (Off the cost of rape blossoms), and Sakano-Ueno-Kumo (Clouds over the slope). "Ryoma-ga-Yuku” has won the 14th Kikuchi Kan Prize.  He passed away in February, 1996.