2018年10月14日

Kozukahara execution site used to stand on the outskirts of Edo, present Tokyo, in the 17th-19th century.

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This execution site was built in present Minami-Senju, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo in 1651. Minami-Senju used to be a part of Senju, the first post town on Nikko-kaido highway running between Edo and Nikko. Crucifixion, burning at the stake, beheading and other ways of execution were carried out here 108 meters wide and 54 meters deep. More than two hundred thousand people were executed here for 200 years since its foundation. The head priest of Ekoin Buddhist Temple in Ryogoku established a branch temple to bury the executed bodies and to mourn them in 1667. Present Minami-Senju Ekoin Temple stems from this branch. Together with the numerous nameless bodies, the prominent political prisoners who were executed in other places were also buried in this site. The first picture shows the tombstone of a prominent antigovernment activist named Yoshida Shoin executed in 1859. The second picture shows the big Jizo statue erected in 1741, which is also mourning for the executed people. In this connection, the well-known medical doctors Sugita Genpaku, Maeno Ryotaku and some others dissected the executed bodies here in 1771 to confirm the accuracy of the anatomical chart from Netherlands. They published Kaitai-Shinsho Japanese anatomical chart after that.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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