Tokugawa Yoshinobu was the 15th and final shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan. He attempted to reform the shogunate system - but failed.
He resigned in late 1867, and retired into relative obscurity (though was throughout his life close to the Imperial family).
Like Japan itself, he was swept up by the tectonic changes that overtook the country with the opening of its ports to foreign powers.
He died on November 22, 1913, and is buried in Tokyo's Yanaka Cemetery.
The cemetery and the surrounding area - Yanaka or Sendagi - is well worth a day out. It is close to Ueno Park, and can be done on foot.
To find the grave itself is not hard as there are markers (see below). You may get lost and are more likely to have crows and stray cats for company than human beings - but a bit of persistence you will find it.
The cemetery is very peaceful.
The Yanaka area can be accessed from either Sendagi Station (Chiyoda subway line) or Nishi Nippori Station (Yamanote Line). For the cemetery, Nishi Nippori Station is the closest station. It is just below it and a short walk up steps.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009