Shrines and Temples, Tokyo
'This temple, known to every Japanese, was the setting for part of one of Edo's best known true stories... the tale concerns the fate of 47 ronin (masterless samurai). Their master, Lord Asano, taunted and scorned by his teacher Lord Kira, caused grave offense by drawing his sword in anger. Because the offense occurred within the castle grounds, Asano was obliged to perform seppuku (ritual suicide). On December 1, 1702, Asano's 47 retainers, in an act of revenge, decapitated Kira in his mansion on the banks of the Sumida River and carried the head through the snowy streets of Edo to their lord's grave at Sengaku-ji. Thereafter held in custody but treated with respect for their loyalty, the 47 ronin, ranging in age from five to 77 years, were ordered to commit seppuku.'
[Tokyo Insight Guide pp 183-184]
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This is amarzing temple. It is Buddhist temple but looks like a mosque. The architecture was built of stone based on Indian style.
They have Saturday Evening Buddhist Service In English.
Located in Kamakura- about a 55 minute train ride from Shinjuku station. Was a great day trip...alot of shrines/temples, japanese gardens and you can walk to the beach.
Zojo-ji Temple sits behind Tokyo Tower and is the former funerary temple of the Tokugawas. Like many sights in Tokyo, it has been rebuilt several times in recent history; the last time in 1974.