Chūshingura

Ukiyo-e print by Utagawa Kuniteru depicting the assault of Asano Naganori on Kira Yoshinaka in the Matsu no Ōrōka of Edo Castle in 1701, an incident that triggered the tragedy of the Forty-seven rōnin
This Toyokuni print depicts the actor Onoe Eisaburō I in the role of Hayano Kanpei.
Act X, Amakawaya Gihei Uchi no ba – (The House Amakawaya Gihei) by Andō Hiroshige
The mansion raid in Act XI (woodblock print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi)
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, The Monster's Chūshingura (Bakemono Chūshingura), ca. 1836, Princeton University Art Museum, Acts 9–11 of the Kanadehon Chūshingura with act nine at top right, act ten at bottom right, act eleven, scene 1, at top left, act eleven, scene 2 at bottom left
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, The Monster's Chūshingura (Bakemono Chūshingura), ca. 1836, Princeton University Art Museum, Acts 5–8 of the Kanadehon Chūshingura with act five at top right, act six at bottom right, act seven at top left, act eight at bottom left
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, The Monster's Chūshingura (Bakemono Chūshingura), ca. 1836, Princeton University Art Museum, Acts 1–4 of the Kanadehon Chūshingura with act one at top right, act two at bottom right, act three at top left, act four at bottom left

Title given to fictionalized accounts in Japanese literature, theater, and film that relate to the historical incident involving the forty-seven rōnin and their mission to avenge the death of their master, Asano Naganori.

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Akō, Hyōgo

City located in southwestern Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

Main street in Sakoshi
Remnants of Akō Castle
Akō Chūshingura Festival on December 14, 2009

Other industries are fishery, and tourism thanks to a famous act of vengeance by the forty-seven rōnin in 1703, featured in the Chūshingura.

Tokugawa Tsunayoshi

The fifth shōgun of the Tokugawa dynasty of Japan.

Tokugawa Tsunayoshi
Keishōin, Tsunayoshi's mother
Nakano Inugoya (Nakano dog shelters)in 1696. Tsunayoshi built large kennels in Nakano, Yotsuya and Okubo in Edo(Tokyo). Even during the famine the Shogunate accommodated 80,000 wild dogs in the kennels in Nakano and gave them 3 go (0.18L) of polished rice, 50 moon (187g) of bean paste and 1 go of sardines daily. The total space for the dog shelters in Nakano was approximately 750,000 square meters in 1702.

The most successful of them was a bunraku play called Kanadehon Chūshingura (now simply called Chūshingura, or "Treasury of Loyal Retainers"), written in 1748 by Takeda Izumo and two associates; it was later adapted into a kabuki play, which is still one of Japan's most popular.

Ōishi Yoshio

The chamberlain (karō) of the Akō Domain in Harima Province (now Hyōgo Prefecture), Japan (1679 - 1701).

Portrait painting of Ōishi Yoshio.
Painting of Ōishi Yoshio committing seppuku

He is known as the leader of the Forty-seven Rōnin in their 1702 revenge vendetta and thus the hero of the Chūshingura.

Forty-seven rōnin

Historical 18th-century event in Japan in which a band of rōnin (lordless samurai) avenged the death of their master.

"Revenge of the Loyal Samurai of Akō" by Yasuda Raishū (ja) (Homma Museum of Art), with iconography borrowed from the Adoration of the Shepherds
Ukiyo-e print depicting Asano Naganori's assault on Kira Yoshinaka in the Matsu no Ōrōka of Edo Castle
Memorial stone marking the site of the Matsu no Ōrōka (Great Corridor of Pines) in Edo Castle, where Asano attacked Kira
Two of the rōnin: Horibe Yahei and his adopted son, Horibe Yasubei. Yasubei is holding an ōtsuchi.
Modern day reenactment of a samurai armed for the attack
The rōnin attack the principal gate of Kira's mansion
The rōnin, on their way back to Sengaku-ji, are halted in the street, and invited in for rest and refreshment.
Graves of the forty-seven rōnin at Sengaku-ji
Part of the Remains of Former Kira Residence, currently Honjo Matsuzaka-cho Park
Painting of Ōishi Yoshio committing seppuku
Memorial to the unswerving loyalty of Ōishi Yoshio and the others, at the site where they died
Incense burns at the graves of the forty-seven rōnin at Sengaku-ji
Entrance to Sengaku Temple
Woodcut by Kunisada depicting the attack (early 1800s)
Postcard depicting the attack, early 1920s

Fictionalized accounts of the tale of the forty-seven rōnin are known as Chūshingura.

Asano Naganori

The daimyō of the Akō Domain in Japan (1675–1701).

Asano Naganori
Ukiyo-e depicting the assault by Asano Naganori on Kira Yoshinaka in the Matsu no Ōrōka of Edo Castle
Monument at the location of the Corridor of the Pines at the Tokyo Imperial Palace (formerly Edo Castle)
Grave of Asano Naganori at Sengaku-ji

He is known as the person who triggered a series of incidents retold in a story known as Chūshingura (involving the forty-seven rōnin), one of the favourite themes of kabuki, jōruri, and Japanese books and films.

Ko Shibasaki

Japanese actress and singer who has performed in numerous television shows, movies, and commercials.

Shibasaki in 2020
Shibasaki received the Letter of Appointment as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment from Hiroyoshi Sasagawa, Parliamentary Secretary of the Environment (at the Central Government Building No.5 on July 6, 2018)
Shibasaki talked with Hiroyoshi Sasagawa, Parliamentary Secretary of the Environment (at the Central Government Building No.5 on July 6, 2018)

In 2013, Shibasaki made her U.S. film debut in 47 Ronin, a Keanu Reeves-led adaptation of the famous Chushingura story of samurai loyalty and revenge.

Hiroyuki Sanada

Japanese actor and martial artist.

Sanada at a SyFy digital press tour for a set interview for the tv show Helix on October 2013

In 2013, he appears in 47 Ronin (the first English-language adaptation of the Chushingura legend, Japan's most famous tale of samurai loyalty and revenge) alongside Keanu Reeves, and as Shingen Yashida in The Wolverine opposite Hugh Jackman.

Yorozuya Kinnosuke

Japanese kabuki actor.

Kinnosuke as Kikumaru in Fuefuki Dōji

In various productions of Chūshingura, he also portrayed Oyamada Shōzaemon (1956), Asano Naganori (1959), Wakisaka Awaji no Kami (1961), and Ōishi Yoshio (1978).

47 Ronin (2013 film)

2013 fantasy action film directed by Carl Rinsch in his directorial debut.

Theatrical release poster

Written by Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini from a story conceived by Morgan and Walter Hamada, the film is a work of Chūshingura ("The Treasury of Loyal Retainers"): a fictionalized account of the forty-seven rōnin, a real-life group of masterless samurai under daimyō Asano Naganori in 18th-century Japan who avenged Naganori's death by confronting his rival Kira Yoshinaka.

Masakazu Tamura

Japanese film and theatre actor.

Masakazu Tamura in 1966

Tamura appeared in several television dramas related to Chushingura and finally he played the role of "Ōishi Kuranosuke" for the first time in the special drama Chushingura Sono Otoko Ōishi Kuranosuke in 2010.