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    Jonah

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    Today we honor the 47 Ronin

    Post  Jonah on Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:57 am

    This site was created by students in Ako high school
    http://chushingura.biz/englishu/eigondx.htm

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    Chapter 1
    The Background of Genroku period

    The Edo era started and one hundred years passed.

    During the Genroku period the fifth Shogun Tsunayoshi Tokugawa issued
    the law of Shourui-awaremi(the law that forbid the selling of fish and birds
    and punish severely those who killed and injured dogs) and the culture of
    the merchants was prospering brilliantly among a peaceful world.

    In those days, the feudal lord of Ako castle, Asano Takuminokami
    Naganori governed 50,000 koku(1 koku is 150kg) teritories which included
    the county of Ako, Kasai , Katou and Sayo. Naganori's grandfather
    Naganao became the owner of Ako castle in the second year of the Shoho
    period (1645). Naganori was the third generation of the Asano family of
    Ako.

    Naganao built Ako castle and set up waterworks that diverted water from
    the Chigusa river. The salt made formerly in Ako was developed more and
    became famous in Osaka, Edo and Kyoto because of its good quality. On
    the other hand, new farms were also cultivated.

    For this reason although the amount of chigyodaka(the yield of rice in his
    fief) was nominally 50,000 koku, it was really 70,000 koku.

    Asano-Takuminokami

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    Chapter 2
    Ninjyo in Edo Castle(injuring a person with a sword)

    It is the 14th year of the Genroku period (1701).

    On the first day of this year, a messenger of the Shogun went annually to
    the Inperial Court in Kyoto to celebrate a happy new year's day. In return
    for it, Chokushi(a messenger of the Emperor) from the Imperial Court went
    down to Edo, too. This is customary. The ceremony that welcome this
    messenger to the Shogunate was held according to the old customs of the
    Imperial Court which made much of manners, so the Daimyo who
    entertained the messenger went to much trouble.

    On new year's day of this year, it was Koke(the role to coach the
    courtesy), Kira Kouzukenosuke Yoshinaka who went to Kyoto as a
    messenger. On February 2nd when Kouzukenosuke was not yet back to
    Edo, the Shougunate ordered Asano Takuminokami Naganori to serve
    Chokushi and Date-Sakyonosuke Muratoyo(the feudal lord of Yoshida,
    Ehime prefecture, who governed 30,000 koku) to serve Inshi(a messenger
    of Retired Emperor).
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    mudra

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    Re: Today we honor the 47 Ronin

    Post  mudra on Mon Dec 15, 2014 6:20 am

    Does that era mean something special to you Jonah ?

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    Re: Today we honor the 47 Ronin

    Post  Jonah on Mon Dec 15, 2014 7:30 am

    Sengakuji (泉岳寺) is a small temple near Shinagawa Station in Tokyo. The temple is famous for its graveyard where the "47 Ronin" (also known as Akoroshi, the "masterless samurai from Ako") are buried.
    The story of the 47 loyal ronin (see below) remains one of the most popular historical stories in Japan, and many people visit the temple in order to pay respect to the Akoroshi by burning incense sticks (senko) in the graveyard. A small museum commemorating the 47 ronin can also be found at Sengakuji.

    December 14 is the anniversary of the 47 ronin's avenge. A festival is held annually at Sengakuji to commemorate the event, attracting thousands of visitors. The small graveyard becomes very crowded and smoky during the festival, and many festival foods such as Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki can be enjoyed at temporarily constructed food stands.

    There are many souls now in a Ronin state of mind... Just wanted to share the story for those who have never heard of it... Oh and yes I am a bit of a swordsman ... A lost art in today's world
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    Re: Today we honor the 47 Ronin

    Post  Jonah on Mon Dec 15, 2014 7:31 am

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    Re: Today we honor the 47 Ronin

    Post  mudra on Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:40 pm

    I love the idea of having a Samourai in our Mists. 
    These people were brave and loyal a quality that carries on through the ages in Heart and Soul.
    Happy 47 Ronin day Jonah.


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