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主馬盛久の頚座 The Neck of Shūme Morihisa

Updated: Jan 19, 2020

In the Hase neighborhood along the busy Yuigahama Dōri, you will find the place where Morihisa would have been beheaded until something intervened.  The historical marker tells the story:

In the Japanese language, Shume is the profession of taking care of horses and their harnesses.  Morihisa was a child of Shimemorikuni who served the Heike for generations.  After the death of the Heike (also known as the Taira clan), Morihisa was hiding at Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, but was discovered and captured by Tokimasa Hōjō and sent to Kamakura.  In June of 1186, when trying to execute Morihisa at this place, the sword broke into a thousand pieces. Because of this miracle he was forgiven and granted a fiefdom (small plot of land) by Minamoto no Yoritomo.

Erected in March of 1935 by the Kamakura Seinendan Young Adult Association.


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