Sengaku Ji Temple

Travels: The Graves of the 47 Ronin

Content Warning: This article contains sensitive topics including violence and suicide.

For this trip, I wanted my off the beaten path adventures this time around to include a number of locations related to historic events. One of those locations included the resting places of the 47 Ronin (浪人). Yes, those 47 Ronin. Yes, they were real and their graves are right in downtown Tokyo (東京).

Travels: Kawakami Gensai – The “Real” Rurouni Kenshin

The new Rurouni Kenshin anime debuts today! But have you wanted to know about the real hitokiri, Kawakami Gensai, who served as the inspiration for “Himura Kenshin”? Since I was able to visit his grave this past December, I’ve gleaned a wealth of information about him. So let me tell you about this fascinating individual from Japanese history and how he compares with the infamous Hitokiri Battosai!