"Sengaku-ji temple.'This..." Shrines and Temples Tip by sjvessey

Shrines and Temples, Tokyo: 19 reviews and 41 photos


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<em>'This temple, known to every Japanese, was the setting for part of one of Edo's best known true stories... the tale concerns the fate of 47 ronin (masterless samurai). Their master, Lord Asano, taunted and scorned by his teacher Lord Kira, caused grave offense by drawing his sword in anger. Because the offense occurred within the castle grounds, Asano was obliged to perform seppuku (ritual suicide). On December 1, 1702, Asano's 47 retainers, in an act of revenge, decapitated Kira in his mansion on the banks of the Sumida River and carried the head through the snowy streets of Edo to their lord's grave at Sengaku-ji. Thereafter held in custody but treated with respect for their loyalty, the 47 ronin, ranging in age from five to 77 years, were ordered to commit seppuku.'</em>

[Tokyo Insight Guide pp 183-184]

See my separate <b><font color=#0000A0>travelogue</font> for more photos.

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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