Yonezawa is the seat of Yonezawa clan which governed the south part of Yamagata in the Edo period. The land was no so fertile. With large servants to feed and frequent orders for supports in terms of labor and money from the Tokugawa shognate, they were under financial difficulty all the time. Uesugi Yozan, load of the clan, has been admired as a leader to turn around the situation through furugality and encouragement of business by growing signature agricultural produce. Even Late president J.F.Kenedy mentioned about him as a Japanese stateman ian he admired at his press conference with foreign press in 1961.