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Words-and-Pictures: Sengakuji

(as seen on September 5th, 2001, on the Old Tokaido stage of the Aki Meguri)

Note: Sengakuji is near Shinagawa in Tokyo.  Shinagawa is the site of the exit barrier, which is Station #1 on the Old Tokaido Highway.  You can read about my visit to Sengakuji in my Logbook.  You may also choose to start reading about my Tokaido journey at the beginning, or start at the top of my Aki Meguri pages.
 

The main gate at Sengakuji, looking from the main hall toward the Tokaido.
A statue of Oishi Yoshitaka, the leader of the remnants of Lord Asano's men who became known as the Ako Roshi or "47 Ronin."  He's holding a roster of their names.  You can read their story here.

One row of graves in the cemetery.  When I came here at matsuri time, there was a long line of people waiting to get in.  As I waited, I noticed the people who were coming out were wiping their eyes.  Gosh, I thought, they really love the 47 ronin.  When I got into the cemetery, I realized: they were crying from all the incense smoke!
The well where Lord Kira--the bad guy's--head was washed after the Ako Roshi cut it off.

At Sengakuji, you can also see armor and artifacts from the lives of the 47 Ronin.
 
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