I wrote about Yanaka Cemetery a few days ago but there is another big cemetery in Tokyo – Zoshigaya Cemetery.
This cemetery was opened by the order of Tokyo Government in 1874. I think I prefer the atmosphere of this cemetery than the one in Yanaka. Yanaka Cemetery is also old but I found many of the graves are new – perhaps old ones were already replaced. Zoshigaya still has many old tomb stones.
There are quite a few graves of Japanese celebrities of the past and maybe oversea visitors also find some interesting. Here are some examples.
This is a grave of Souseki Natsume, one of the most famous auther in modern Japan. Souseki Natsume was in the 1000 yen note until 2007.
This is a small grave of Yumeji Takehisa, a painter. He is famous for his paintings of Japanese girls and women in late 19th and early 20th century.
The missionary, the Society of the Sacred Heart was sent to Japan in early 20th century in order to establish a higher educational institution for women in Japan. 24 members were buried here.
Manjiro Nakahama or John Manjiro who was one of the first Japanese to visit the United States was buried here. Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society in Fairhaven, Massachusetts tells us the legacy of Manjiro. (Whitfield is the name of the captain who rescued 14-year old John Manjiro from the shipwreck in 1841.
This is a grave of Ginko Ogino, the first licensed and practicing woman physician in Japan. The statue is lovely – this is a quite unique gravesite with a statue.
Those who likes Japanese folklore might heard of Lafcadio Hearn, Greak turned into Japanese and is know in Japan as Yaumo Koizumi. Japanese people know his stories from Kwaidan, ghost story. Among his many folklore stories, Hoichi the Earless is the most famous one and was made films from this story.
This is his grave.
Some graves are unique looking. There are graves of Christian people as well as foreigners who passed away in Japan.
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