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The 47 Ronin Winter Festival

December 14, 2017 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


A parade to respect Tokyo’s gritty past

Twice a year, the Sengakuji temple hosts a commemorative festival for the legendary Ronin Samurai, called the Akougishisai.

For those unfamiliar, the Ronin were a group of Samurai in the 18th century who avenged their fallen master by killing the man responsible for his death. As retribution, the samurai then committed ritual suicide and were buried at the Sengakuji temple. The story has grown over the years to become an analogy of Japanese honour, loyalty and self sacrifice.

The Ronin are remembered with a sombre reenactment (expect a prosthetic severed head), a ritualistic tea ceremony and a short parade. Arrive before 11:00AM to secure your spot, and witness the buddhist monks and local residents in traditional attire. Food vendors are set up all day if you’re hungry.






December 14, 2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Sengakuji Temple
2-11-1 Takanawa
Minato-ku, Tokyo Japan
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