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放浪癖あり(笑)。好きなTV番組は「モヤモヤさまぁ~ず」「ちい散歩」「タモリ倶楽部」「ぶらり途中下車の旅」などなど。。。良く言えば「自由人」、悪く言えば「鉄砲玉」(←出たら戻って来んのかい!)

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まだまだ「泉岳寺」を探索中デス。。。
しかしまあ・・・超有名な物語の舞台ですから、粛々と進んでまいりましょう!

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おぉ~っ、「赤穂義士記念館」ですね(^o^)b

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・・・なるほど、ココで吉良さんの首を洗ったんですね。。。
何で、昔の物語に出てくる「井戸」って、いちいち怖いんでしょうか(T-T)

おや?・・・あぁ、こちらは

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さっきの「大石内蔵助」さんのお墓ですね~。
で、コチラは。。。

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慕われたお殿様「浅野内匠頭(たくみのかみ)」さんのお墓なんですか m(_ _)m

ではこのあたりで、いつものやつを。
本日は忠臣蔵関係の2人目、「浅野内匠頭」さんでいってみましょう!

Asano Naganori was the daimyo of the Ako Domain in Japan. His title was Takumi no Kami. He is known as the person who triggered a series of incidents retold in a story known as Chushingura, one of the favourite themes of kabuki, joruri and Japanese books and films.

He was born in Edo as the eldest son of Asano Nagatomo. His family was a branch of the Asano family whose main lineage was in Hiroshima. His grandfather Naganao was appointed to the position of daimyo of Ako with 50 thousand koku. After Naganao died in 1671, Nagatomo succeeded to the position but died after three years in 1675. Naganori succeeded to his father at the age of nine.

In 1680, he was appointed to the office of Takumi no Kami, the head of carpentry at the imperial court, but this office was nominal, as were other offices granted to samurai at that time, and only had an honorific meaning. As a daimyo with a small fief, he was appointed several times to temporary minor offices of the Tokugawa shogunate. In 1683, he was first appointed to be one of two officials to host the emissaries from the imperial court to the Shogunate. It was the first time he met Kira Yoshinaka, the highest-ranking kouke, the head of ceremonial matters at the Shogunate, who instructed officials in the manner of hosting noble guests from Kyoto.

In 1694, he suffered from a serious illness. He had no children, thus no heir at that time. When a daimyo died without a determined heir, his house would be abolished by the Shogunate, and his lands confiscated; his retainers would become ronin. To prevent this, he adopted his younger brother Asano Nagahiro, titled Daigaku, and Nagahiro was accepted as his heir by the Shogunate.

In 1701, he was appointed for the second time to the same office. It is said that he was then on bad terms with Kira Yoshinaka and tension between them increased.

On the day of his death, he drew his sword and attempted to kill Kira in the Corridor of the Pines at Edo Castle in what is now Tokyo. He wounded, but failed to kill Kira. On the same day, the fifth Tokugawa shogun Tsunayoshi sentenced him to commit seppuku, which he did after writing his death poem:

「風さそふ花よりもなほ我はまた春の名残をいかにとやせん」
"kaze sasofu / hana yori mo naho / ware wa mata / haru no nagori o / ika ni toyasen."

"More than the cherry blossoms, Inviting a wind to blow them away, I am wondering what to do, With the remaining springtime."

He was buried in the graveyard of Sengaku-ji. His retainers became ronin when the Shogunate confiscated his fief. Under the leadership of Oishi Kuranosuke they avenged the death of their lord by killing Kira at his mansion in Edo on December 15, 1702. These former retainers became famous as the Forty-seven Ronin, and the vendetta ranks as one of the most famous vendettas in Japan.

・・・という感じでしょうか。

ホント、悲しいお話ですよね~。何でこんな結末を迎えなきゃいけないのか、って思います。
相手の挑発にうっかり乗ってしまうと、取り返しのつかないコトになりますよね。。。

・・・そう、「内匠頭(たくみのかみ)」が、言葉巧みに嵌められた、というオチで(←どーもスミマセン・笑)
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