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Zuihoden-Mausoleum of Masumune, Samurai Lord of Sendai

Mausoleum buildings of Masumune family, 1600's Samurai Lord of the Date Clan. This mausoleum complex celebrates first lord of Sendai, Masamune Date. As a Samurai, Masumune allied with leaders in old Japan...and was highly revered in the Samurai Culture. He is a famous figure in Japan even today. The original structure was built in 1637 by Masamune's son Tadamune. It was a beautiful Momoyama-style building, built by the best architects of the day, and was designated a National Treasure in 1931. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by fire during World War II. The site was excavated and studied by an archaeological team, and the Zuihoden was rebuilt in 1979. Also on the site are the Kansenden and Zennoden, mausoleums of the second and third Sendai lords Tadamune and Tsunamune, as well as graves of the ninth and eleventh lords and some of their children. There is a museum where one can watch a 20-minute video of the archaeological dig, view some of the artifacts, and even figures of the three lords, based on the actual remains. The mausoleums are exact replicas using the original designs of each building.
Masumune statue
Masumune statue
Masumune's Armor (redo)
Masumune's Armor (redo)
Date, Samurai Warrior
Date, Samurai Warrior
Masumune's armor
Masumune's armor
Masumune's Armor
Masumune's Armor
Gloves of Date's Armor
Gloves of Date's Armor
Warrior Finery
Warrior Finery
Masumune seated in Samurai Armor
Masumune seated in Samurai Armor
Masumune's robe
Masumune's robe
Masumune's Horse
Masumune's Horse
Site Map of original castle
Site Map of original castle
Dokuganryu
Dokuganryu
Masashi and Eiko Kosakai Climbing Mausoleum Steps
Masashi and Eiko Kosakai Climbing Mausoleum Steps
Mausoleum carvings
Mausoleum carvings
Wood Carvings on Door
Wood Carvings on Door
Masumune's Mausoleum
Masumune's Mausoleum
Corner Carvings
Corner Carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Monoyama carvings
Monoyama carvings
Monoyama Style Floating musician
Monoyama Style Floating musician
Masumune's Mausoleum
Masumune's Mausoleum
Eiko Kosakai
Eiko Kosakai
Beautiful wood carvings
Beautiful wood carvings
Dragon Fountain
Dragon Fountain
Monoyama Door, detail
Monoyama Door, detail
Monoyama Carving detail
Monoyama Carving detail
Bas relief of Masumune's March
Bas relief of Masumune's March
Guard Dog at the temple
Guard Dog at the temple
Child with temple dog
Child with temple dog
guard dog
guard dog
Masumune's eagle
Masumune's eagle
Samurai Armor
Samurai Armor