The 47 ronin seek vengeance in medieval Europe

Film | Wide Angle Aug 5, 2015

The 47 ronin seek vengeance in medieval Europe

by Kaori Shoji

"Chushingura,"the 18th-century tale of the 47 ronin, is one of Japan's most beloved historical legends. And once again it has become fodder for a flashy Hollywood movie, this time called "Last Knights," starring Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen, and directed by none other than ...

Building proposal hems in Sengakuji Temple, site of 47 ronin fame

National Dec 11, 2014

Building proposal hems in Sengakuji Temple, site of 47 ronin fame

As Sengakuji Temple prepares to mark on Sunday the legendary revenge taken by the Ako Roshi (47 ronin), priests are up in arms over the construction of an imposing eight-story apartment block next to its entrance. The building will damage the historic Tokyo site's appearance, ...

Ako: trailing the ghosts of Japan's greatest vendetta

Travel May 3, 2014

Ako: trailing the ghosts of Japan's greatest vendetta

by Alon Adika

By noon of March 14, 1701, Edo was abuzz with rumors about what had happened earlier, in the "Great Pine Corridor" of the shogun's castle. Officials posted wooden signs around the city stating that Asano Naganori, lord of Ako Domain, had attacked and wounded ...