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'Tombs of the 47 Ronins, Yedo' [Tokyo, Japan]
The revenge of the 47 ronin is a national legend in Japan, exemplifying the samurai code of loyalty and honour called 'bushido'. It tells how a group of samurai were left leaderless ( 'ronin' meaning a masterless man) after their feudal lord, Asano, was forced to commit ritual suicide (seppuku) for assaulting a court official. They avenged their master's honour by patiently waiting and planning for over a year to kill the official, which they did, but were then themselves forced to commit seppuku in February 1703 for the crime of murder. In fact only 46 did so. The last, absent on a related mission, was pardoned on his return on the grounds of his youth and lived to be 78, when he was buried with his comrades, beside Asano, at the Sengaku-ji temple in Edo (Tokyo): this also preserves their weapons and armour. Their graves are still a venerated site and are what Butt's view shows.
Lt. James Henry Butt
Original size: 170 mm x 247 mm
- Image reference: PT2063
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London