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Picture of asano naganoris gravestone 2017/2/17 23:02
I am currently doing a chushingura themed backpiece, and one of the ideas we had planned was doing asano naganoris gravestone. And while there are many photos of his gravestone I haven't found one where you can clearly see the inscription on it. Therefore I am wondering if anyone out there has a good photo where you can see the inscription?

Thank you!
by Elias (guest)  

Re: Picture of asano naganoris gravestone 2017/2/19 18:40
Hello.
I have a photo which I took myself during my trip to Tokyo last April. The inscription of my photo is a little clearer than this (http://copperdentalcl4181.blog.fc2.com/img/DSC_8468.jpg/).
I tried to read the letters, but I cannot read a few letters (indicated with ›) because of weathering or my ignorance.
Here are the letters.

(From right to left)

The right line: the year of his death.
[lunisolar calendar]
In the 14th year of Genroku era...

Œ³˜\\Žl”N››

The central line:
his dharma name.
[Impossible to translate].

—βŒυ‰@“a‘O¬•{’©ŽU‘Ύ•v–ΡŒΊ—˜‘勏Žm _‹V

The left line:
the month and the day of his death.
(March 14 ) [lunisolar calendar]
ŽOŒŽ\Žl“ϊ›

I don't know what the word backpiece means, but anyway I hope this will help you.
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Re: Picture of asano naganoris gravestone 2017/2/19 19:20
I have just found a photo which more clearly shows the right and the left lines.
http://chushingura.biz/gisinews02/news066.htm
So, I correct my reading as follows:

In the 14th year of Genroku era..., year of the snake
Œ³˜\\Žl”N–€Ξ

The left line: the month and the day of his death. (March 14 ) [lunisolar calendar]
ŽOŒŽ\Žl“ϊ ‰G

This letter ‰G has a lot of meanings. In this context, I suppose this means an exclamation "Alas", the same usage of another kanji –Β.
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