Sengaku-ji, family temple to the Asano family of Banshu Ako (now Hyogo Prefecture), is the site of the graves of generations of Asanos and 46 of the 47 loyal retainers of Lord Asano, including their leader Oishi Kuranosuke, who avenged their lordfs death. Only 46 ronin entered the temple, as they had let one foot soldier (ashigaru), Terasaka Kichiemon, escape in front of the gate so that he could report the success of their mission. After visiting their lordfs grave, they were served okayu (rice gruel) and sake by the priests of the temple. Memorial towers to Kayano Sanpei, who committed suicide on 14 July 1702 before the raid on Lord Kira, and to Terasaka Kichiemon also stand in the temple precincts. The memorial to Terasaka Kichiemon was built in 1868. Three types of ume (plum) trees-gChikara-no-ume,h gChizome-no-umeh and gYochi-no-umeh-stand alongside the road to the tombs of the ronin in Sengaku-ji. Their scent tells a story of justice and loyalty. gChikara-no-umeh was transplanted from the garden in front of the study where Oishi Chikara was ordered to commit seppuku at the Mita residence of Matsudaira Oki-no-kami. It is said that, when Asano Naganori was ordered to commit seppuku at the Tamura residence and Isoda Gendayu carried out his role as his second, Asanofs blood sprayed over the garden rocks and the plum tree at his side. gChizome-no-umeh originates from this story. The current tree was transplanted when the Tamura family moved in 1906. gYochi-no-umeh was named after Yozei-in, wife of Asano Naganori. The nun, Myobai-ni, who guarded the tombs of the loyal retainers planted the tree received from Yozei-in.
|Seasonal scenery (plum blossoms, fall foliage, etc.)||There are plum trees bearing names, such as ""Chikara-no-ume,"" ""Chi-zome-no-ume"" and ""Yochi-no-ume.""|
|Sakura Matsuri (end of March), Christmas Illumination (Dec.)||Gishi-sai (12/14)|
|Keywords||Shrines / Temples,Chushingura,Country designated cultural assets,Minato-ku designated cultural assets|