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Sengakuji Temple and the 47 Ronin

Doing a post on the Sengakuji Temple and the story of the 47 Ronin almost feels dangerous. Everyone has an opinion on the tale, what Bushido means, and what is honorable. I’m just going to try to summarize the story and tell you about my visit to the temple; you can make judgments on your own. Deal? Good.

In the year 1701, by the Western calendar, several daimyo, or feudal lords, were asked to take part in a reception for the Emperor in Edo. One of these daimyo was Asano Takumi-no-Kami …

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Fukugawa Edo Museum

The first thing that impressed my about the Fukugawa Edo Museum was its size. I had only seen a couple pictures of…

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, located in the Shinjuku ward, is one of the most easily recognizable buildings in Tokyo. The first time I saw it was outside my hotel window while staying across the street at the Keio Plaza Hotel on my first trip to Japan. I’ve since seen it innumerable times in different anime and it makes a brief appearance on the episode of The Simpsons where the family takes a vacation to Tokyo. The building is essentially Tokyo City Hall and houses the offices that govern all 23 wards, towns, and villages, that make up greater Tokyo.