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A tale of feudal loyalty: Forty-seven Ronin

The legend of the Forty-seven Ronin, also known as the Ako Gishi (retainers of the Ako-han Domain), is well known as the subject of countless television dramas and theatrical productions titled Chushingura. This group of samurai avenged their fallen lord by slaying his adversary, Kira Kozuke-no-suke, and then honorably committed ritual suicide. The true story of loyalty based in the Edo period has won the heart of many Japanese. And every year on December 14, festivals are held across the country to celebrate the day the ronin exacted their revenge.
Sengaku-ji Temple, famous for housing the graves of the Forty-seven Ronin, hosts the Ako Gishi-sai Festival twice a year, in spring and autumn. In the event on December 14, a memorial service is held before the graves as well as a procession hosted by Zaikai Nisei Gakuin (Second-generation Management Training Institute). The temple is tied closely with the ronin, with an Ako Gishi Kinenkan museum and various documents and relics in its grounds.

Sengaku-ji Temple

Address

2-11-1 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Access

1-min. walk from Toei Subway Sengakuji Station Exit A2

Contact information

Tel 03-3441-5560

URL

http://www.sengakuji.or.jp/( External link )

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Retracing the footsteps of the Forty-seven Ronin
Former Kira Residence

A section of the Kira residence, which the Forty-seven Ronin attacked, remains in Honjo Matsuzaka-cho Town Park in the present area of Ryogoku. In the park are the well where the ronin washed the decapitated head of Kira, and a signboard giving an account of their story. Stone monuments mark the path from there to Sengaku-ji, where the ronin traveled by foot to lay the head as an offering before the tomb of their master.

Honjo Matsuzaka-cho Town Park (Former Kira Residence)
Address:3-13-9 Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Access:7-min. walk from JR Ryogoku Station, Toei Subway Kikukawa Station

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