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Top Five Samurai Shrines in Tokyo

SNA (Tokyo) — Masashige Kusunoki, a great samurai of the 14th century, was known for his loyalty to Emperor Go-Daigo. Taira no Masakado, a 10th century samurai, led a rebellion against the central government and became a demigod. This samurai’s head, however, is buried separately and is said to still be haunting central Tokyo. Maresuke Nogi, the “last samurai,” was a general of the Meiji Emperor who committed ritual suicide when the Emperor died. The 47 Ronin were loyal retainers of Daimyo Naganori Asano who gave their lives to avenge their lord.

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