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47 Ronin

Is the historical mass seppuku (ritual suicide) of forty-seven ronin shortly after the turn of the 18th century in the feudal Tokugawa days of old Japan.

The story tells of a group of samurai who were left leaderless, becoming ronin, after their daimyo, feudal lord, Asano Naganori was compelled to commit seppuku for assaulting a corrupt court official named Kira Yoshinaka.

The forty-seven ronin were ordered to commit seppuku for their killing of Kira Yoshinaka, whom they held ultimately responsible for bringing about the death of their master, Lord Asano.

Though based on an actual incident many details have been lost to history, and, as a result, several versions of the forty-seven ronin story have been told. But the fact remains that they were given the death penalty for their deed, which, at the time, so embodied the Japanese's ideals of the noble samurai's devotion to his lord that the forty-seven ronin were enshrined at Sengaku Temple beside their beloved master.

With much embellishment, this true story was popularized in Japanese culture as emblematic of the loyalty, sacrifice, persistence, and honor that people should preserve in their daily lives.



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