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The Second Sawamura Sojuro in the Role of Yenya Hanguwan, in the Popular Drama "Chushingura" or the Forty-seven Loyal Ronin

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The Second Sawamura Sojuro in the Role of Yenya Hanguwan, in the Popular Drama "Chushingura" or the Forty-seven Loyal Ronin

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Katsukawa Shun'ei (Japanese, 1762–1819)
Edo period (1615–1868)

Chushingura, also known as "The Treasury of Loyal Retainers" or "The Forty-Seven Ronin," is a famous Japanese tale from the 18th century. It recounts the story of a group of samurai who seek revenge for the unjust death of their master. The fact that it's a true story plays a significant role in its long-lasting appeal. The story takes place during the Edo period and is based on historical events. It begins with Lord Asano Naganori, a samurai lord, who is provoked by the arrogant and corrupt court official Kira Yoshinaka. Asano draws his sword and injures Kira within the Shogun's palace, which is strictly forbidden. As a result, Asano is ordered to commit ritual suicide, known as seppuku. After Asano's death, his loyal retainers become ronin (masterless samurai) and are determined to avenge their lord's honor. They spend years planning and preparing for their mission, carefully disguising their intentions to avoid suspicion. Finally, in a meticulously orchestrated attack, they succeed in killing Kira, bringing justice to their fallen master.

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1794
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Metropolitan Museum of Art
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