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, ...

Man held after starting huge fire by negligence

National May 12, 2014

Man held after starting huge fire by negligence

A 40-year-old man was arrested Monday on suspicion of causing a forest fire by dumping smoldering charcoal left over from a barbecue into the woods. Daigo Kawahara allegedly threw away the charcoal on Sunday afternoon in a forest in Ako, Hyogo Prefecture, after holding a ...

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 ...