Ever had one of those days when you are walking down a street you’ve walked many times before and you come across a site of major historical significance? (Actually, it could happen all of the time in Australia, because we are rubbish at acknowledging and signifying history.) I’ve walked past the Sengaku-ji temple a dozen times without realising that it is a memorial to the 47 Ronin lead by Oishi Kuranosuke to avenge the wrongful death sentence given to their Daimyo Asano Naganori (Takumi no kami), the Feudal Lord of Ako.
(This week my posts were going to be about Chikako’s journey to her first marathon, but I’ve strayed somewhat.)
I’ve been t0 Ako in Hyōgō Prefecture (we have friends there too) and have walked where Lord Asano’s castle was. Statues of the 47 Ronin line an path and I assumed that their remains were buried there.
The story of the 47 Ronin is epic and I won’t do it justice by telling it. Even the retired French spy in Ronin could do a better job. So here’s wikipedia for a starter.
Madman sell the 1962 Japanese film version, which is well worth watching. Avoid the Keanu Reeves film and the Stan Sakai manga.