Sengakuji: Tokyo temple serves as final resting place of the 47 Ronin

The graves of the 47 Ronin at Sengakuji in Tokyo are arranged in separate sections. (CHRISTIAN LOPEZ/STARS AND STRIPES)
The graves of the 47 Ronin at Sengakuji in Tokyo are arranged in separate sections. (CHRISTIAN LOPEZ/STARS AND STRIPES)

Sengakuji: Tokyo temple serves as final resting place of the 47 Ronin

by Joseph Ditzler and Christian Lopez
Stars and Stripes

Nestled away in the bustling capital of Japan, a temple memorializes an avenging story of loyalty by the fabled Loyal Retainers of Lord Ako, better known as the 47 Ronin.

Built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612, the first shogun of the Edo era, Sengakuji dates to the age of the samurai. Only 29 years after its founding, fire claimed the temple, which was reconstructed in 1641.

A school of Soto Zen, one of three traditional Japanese sects of Buddhism, Sengakuji is the final resting place of the Ako Roshi — or 47 Ronin, the masterless samurai.

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