- Rider(s):Akiyama Yoshifuru
(1859 –1930) is considered the father of modern Japanese cavalry. He was sent as a military attaché to France to study cavalry tactics and techniques at a time when the rest of the Japanese Army had turned to the Imperial German Army as its model. Akiyama was active in the First Sino-Japanese War and served with Japanese expeditionary forces in the subsequent Boxer Rebellion. Akiyama became full general in 1916 and was given command of the Imperial Guards Division. In 1920, he became Director General for Military Education. After he retired from active military service in 1923, declining promotion to Field Marshal, he became the principal of the present-day Matsuyama High School.
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