Swiss Chapter: Favourite of the Month - February 2014

07 March 2014

Chapter: Switzerland

As every month the Swiss e-circle selects their 'Favourite of the Month'.  In February 2014 it was a black and white photograph by Dr. Robert Charles Kershaw (ARPS):

My February shot shot was taken some time ago, actually in 1982 whilst I was living in Tokyo. So why did I delve so far back? It was because I was reading a Japanese detective novel that was based around the story of the 47 Ronin and this brought to mind this favourite old image.  The 47 Ronin is one of the most famous true stories in Japan and still creates some controversy today. Following an act of loyalty the 47 Ronin (masterless samurai) committed ritual suicide (seppuku) following which they were all buried together at the Sengakuji Shrine in Tokyo.

To this day their descendants and others visit the site of their burial. The old lady accompanied, I assume, by her daughter was standing paying her respects at one of the memorials. This shot could no longer be taken as the shrine has been modernised.