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Oishi Shrine in Ako, Hyogo Pref.
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This panorama was taken in front of Oishi Shrine in Akou, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.

Oishi Shrine is dedicated to Kuranosuke Oishi and 46 of his men who died for their lord. On both sides of the approach are their stone figures.

In 1701, Oishi's lord Asano was humiliated by Kira in Edo Castle. Asano drew his katana sword in anger and hurt Kira.

Shogun ordered Asano to commit hara-kiri because murder attempt in Shogun's castle (Edo Castle) was a serious crime. However, Kira was not punished.

One of Asano's men Oishi and other 46 samurais decided to revenge for their lord.

In 1702, they charged at Kira's mansion and killed him.

Many people thought the revenge was a virtue according to Bushido spirit.

Naturally, 46 of 47 samurais were ordered by the goverment to commit hara-kiri because murder was a felony even in those days. The only surviver was a messenger who told the news that the revenge was successful to the people in their hometown.

Japanese people think 47 samurais are the symbol of loyalties.

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Copyright: Kengo Shimizu
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10000x5000
Taken: 26/01/2012
Uploaded: 28/01/2012
Updated: 25/04/2014
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