宮本武蔵 Miyamoto Musashi’s Burial Mound

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Miyamoto Musashi’s statue based on his portrait.

The burial mound of Miyamoto Musashi is in Kumamoto, the place where he lived during the final five years of his life and completed The Book of Five Rings 語輪書.

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It is here that Miyamoto Musashi’s body lies in full armor with sword in hand, as he had willed prior to his death.

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Musashi’s tombstone.

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Everyday there are fresh flowers for the Sword Saint.

The tomb and burial mound is located north of Kumamoto city on the island of Kyushu, Japan.

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Details of Musashi’s tomb.

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 Musahi’s tombstone viewed from the rear.

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Musahi’s last words, the Dokkodo, twenty-one precepts for living, are carved in stone next to his tomb.

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The Dokkodo is displayed again in type form next to the stone monument.

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The earth resting beneath Musashi today.

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The water running beside Musashi today.

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The wind dancing around Musashi today.

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The fire sleeping at Musahi’s tomb today.

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The sky watching over Musashi today.

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The gate that is within ten steps of Miyamoto Musahi’s tomb.

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IMG_1847Musashi’s burial mound is maintained as a beautiful park known as Musashizuka-koen.

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武蔵塚公園 Musashizuka-koen.

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The park is a very serene, restorative, pure and quiet place.

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Musashi’s sword wielding techniques are illustrated with blue ink on enamel and placed in stone next to his statue.

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Excerpts of the Book of Five Rings 語輪書, blue ink on enamel, in stone.

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I am reminded that the ground on which I stand is holy ground.

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