Two hundred and 75 years ago, one of the most famous events in Japanese history took place in the South West of the country.
Two hundred and 75 years ago, one of the most famous events in Japanese history took place in the South West of the country. Each December people from all over Japan gather at the Sengaku Temple, in Tokyo to do honour those involved.
SYNOPSIS: The event was to become a legend. It involved 47 Samurai soldiers-the feudal vassals of Asano Takumi-no Kami. He was the Lord of Ako Province. He was tricked by his enemy Kira Kozukenosuke-a court official-into committing an offence which left him no alternative but to commit suicide. His Samurai, with the death of their master, became Ronin, leaderless, without patronage and lacking a rightful place in the rigid class structure of feudal Japan.
For the 47 Ronin, trained as warriors in total loyalty, the death of their master was insupportable. They set out to avenge him, a task which took them two years. It was to this temple that they came after their mission of retribution. The temple contains the effects of the 47 Ronin as well as their graves. They found Kira Kozukenosuke and offered to let him with honour, commit suicide. He declined so they killed him and took his head in a sack, tied to a spear, to the Sengaku temple.
But in avenging their dead master they themselves had committed the gross crime of disrespect to those in authority. Under the way of the Samurai, or Bu Shi Do as it is called, there was no supportable alternative, and they too committed suicide. They were buried at Sengaku Temple with the master they had served so loyally.