12. A monument to Japanese sacrifice at Stone Gate: The Loyal Spirits Monument

The Relics of Modern Japan's First Foreign War in Colonial and Postcolonial Taiwan, 1874-2015

12. A monument to Japanese sacrifice at Stone Gate: The Loyal Spirits Monument

Source: Left: Saigō Totoku Kabayama Sōtoku kinen jigyō shuppan iinkai, eds., Saigō Totoku to Kabayama Sōtoku (Taipei: self-published, 1936). Right: Gao Jiaxin 高加馨, “Sinvaudjan kara mita Botan jiken shita,” trans. Satoi Yōichi, Ryūkyū Daigaku kyōiku gakubu kiyō 73 (2008): 33. Used with permission of Gao Jiaxin.

The Loyal Spirits Monument 忠魂碑 was also dedicated on March 15, 1936, just after the Saigō monument (see frame 11), in the same ceremony. It was built for the 547 troops that perished from illness during the Japanese expedition. The photograph on the right not only provides a sense of scale; it also shows that the monument survived for a little while into the postwar era. However, its current whereabouts are unknown (see frame 13).