Deep in Yamagata’s mountains, rural artisans pull on history’s threads by The Japan Times

Uesugi Yozan was a very young leader with a very big problem.

When the ninth daimyo of the Yonezawa Domain (modern-day Yamaguchi Prefecture) assumed leadership in 1767 at the tender age of 16, Uesugi (1751-1822) inherited a fiefdom mired in poverty as the result of extravagant spending and poor management. Fortunately for his subjects, Uesugi was wise beyond his years. Leading by example, he wasted no time in implementing measures to tighten belts and generate new income streams.

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