Did you know that there’s a shrine in Japan dedicated to a Samurai God?
Located in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, the Shrine enshrines the spirit of Taira no Masakado, a samurai who died a thousand years ago (in 940), killed by the imperial army while fighting for the independence of Kanto.
His head was displayed in Kyoto, and a number of legends spread regarding his story… It is said that the head didn’t decay, that his teeth were chattering and even that the head flew by itself to Edo…
Today, his head is believed to be buried in Otemachi, Tokyo, in the Masakado-zuka tomb. And the Tsukudo Shrine (in the photo), preserved the wooden box that once held the head for more than 1000 years. Unfortunately, the box was destroyed by the bombings at the end of the World War II…
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: