82 Jigenji 慈眼寺(じげんじ)

Denomination:  Rinzai (臨済宗)

Main Image:  Kanzeon Bosatsu (観世音菩薩)

Location:  Nishi Izu-cho (西伊豆町一色)

Built originally around the year 1494 and established as a temple in 1644, the temple
buildings of Jigenji were rebuilt in 1965.IMG_1469

There are two significant graves beside each other marked by two large tombstones to the left of the main hall. The smaller one is that of Terasaka Kichiemon, the lone survivor of 47 ronin (former samurai) who avenged the death of their former master, Lord Asano Naganori. For storming the residence of then Edo daimyo (feudal lord), Lord Kira Yoshihisa, they were allowed to commit seppaku, an honourable ceremonial suicide done by evisceration. Terasaka was dispatched to spread word of the killing so was not present at the time the remaining 46 reported to the Shogun. He was later pardoned and lived to be 78 years old. The second and larger stone was erected for the repose of Terasaka’s soul.IMG_1468

After the death of the other 46 ronin, Terasaka went on pilgrimages of many different areas, praying for the happiness of the others in their after life. Many years later he took up residence in the area and is said to have walked all over the Izu peninsula.

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