Just one more cemetery…

by Linda Okazaki

Tokugawa Yoshinobu Kamon

As a child, I loved to wander through old cemeteries with my mother. To this day it is hard for me to pass up an opportunity to explore headstones. Yanaka is an old and traditional neighborhood in Tokyo which is home to one amazing and very large cemetery. The last shogun of Japan, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, is buried there along with his wife, two consorts, 23 children and some of his household staff. Tokugawa is genealogically significant in terms of history. When imperial power was reinstated in 1868 and the shogun no longer had control, the subsequent economic repercussions led to significant emigration among the farming population of Japan. Sasanji Okazaki left Japan in 1898 due to financial hardship and had hopes of earning money to provide for his family.

Burial Site of Tokugawa Yoshinobu