Kenso-ji Temple in Azabu

Azabu area has several historical temples.  They may not be touristic places but may worth visiting to understand our history.  Kenso-ji Temple for example has a grave of twenty two soldiers who were executed after the incident of 2.26.

This temple was opened in 1635.  This is the main temple for the local lord of Saga, Nabeshima Family.

On February 26th, 1936, young military officers attempted coup d’etat and killed several governmental officials including Finance Ministry.  However it was finally suppressed and seventeen military officials involved in this incident was executed.  Kenso-ji Temkple has a grave of twenty two soldiers who were involved in this 2.26 incident.

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The grave of 22 soldiers involved in 2.26 incident

The cemetery in this temple  is not very large but it has a historic atmosphere.

There was one new tomb which has a hat and a bottle of wine.  It was a tomb of Ms. Naomi Kawashima who died of cancer last year.

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Address: 2-12 Motoazabu 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo

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