Tuesday, 20 May 2014

47 Ronin | 31st March 2014 | Sengajuku Temple & Shrine

For those who are familiar with 47 Ronin, will know that this is one of Japan’s most famous Story. More recently, Universal Studios produced a Japanese-American fantasy action film depicting the account of forty-seven Ronin.

The story of 47 Ronin is about a real life group of Ronin (Master-less Samurai’s) who avenged the death of their lord, Asano Takumunikami, after he was unjustly sentenced to commit Seppuku (ritual suicide by disembowelment) following a provoked attack on Lord Kira KÔzukenosuke.

Almost 2 years after the fateful incident, The 47 Ronins assembled and prepared the avenge of their Lord’s death by killing Lord Kira in his mansion. They returned to Sengakuji to present Kira’s head to Lord Asano’s grave. The Ronins was later sentenced to commit Seppuku. This story became highly popular where loyalty and honour remain highly respected.

The reason we visited the 47 grave is because my husband Kevin was selected to become part of the stunt and extra crew on the Hollywood based movie when the movie was created back in 2012 and even made it onto some of the scenes in the movie.

Since Kev was connected to the Hollywood film, we are very much inspired by the true story of 47 Ronin, (and as we were in Japan!) we would visit the 47 Ronin Grave to pay our respects. For us, it was an honour to be in the presence of these legendary samurai’s who, with their actions, upheld in true spirit the Japanese warrior code of honour – Bushido.

Kev standing with the leader Ako Gishi who led the attack on Kira's residence. The statue was built in 1921

The Temple's entrance

Steps leading up to 47 Ronin Grave Site

The entrance to the graves

The graveyard of the Ako Gishi, buried here after their seppuku on February 4th 1703. The grave site is over 300 years old.

The film created by Universal Studio's was released in December 2013, starring Keanu Reeves

I did watch the movie (and my husband) in the cinema and couldn't resist watching again when it was part of Virgin Atlantic's media selection. Yes, it was pretty awesome that I was watching my husband on screen, whilst he was sat next to me! Kev did appear in the movie (albeit brief). The main one is where Kev was a Samurai in the movie and was shot by arrows. His dying scene is this one:

1 comment:

  1. i'm definitely gonna watch that movie! other countries' cultures are always fascinating. Japan is one of the places i'd like to visit in the near future!

    Anyway i nominated you for the Liebster award go check it out here:


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