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Background imageKusunoki Collection: Camphor laurel, Cinnamomum camphora. Handcoloured lithograph by Hanhart after a botanical

Camphor laurel, Cinnamomum camphora. Handcoloured lithograph by Hanhart after a botanical illustration by David Blair
FLO4985334 Camphor laurel, Cinnamomum camphora. Handcoloured lithograph by Hanhart after a botanical illustration by David Blair from Robert Bentley and Henry Trimen's Medicinal Plants, London

Background imageKusunoki Collection: Camphor tree, Cinnamomom camphora. Chromolithograph after a botanical illustration by Walther

Camphor tree, Cinnamomom camphora. Chromolithograph after a botanical illustration by Walther Muller from Hermann
FLO4995058 Camphor tree, Cinnamomom camphora. Chromolithograph after a botanical illustration by Walther Muller from Hermann Adolph Koehler's Medicinal Plants, edited by Gustav Pabst, Koehler

Background imageKusunoki Collection: Tomb of Kusunoki Masashige - Minatogawa Shrine, Kobe

Tomb of Kusunoki Masashige - Minatogawa Shrine, Kobe
The Tomb of Kusunoki Masashige (Nanko) - Minatogawa Shrine - a Shinto shrine in Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, roughly on the site of the Battle of Minatogawa. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageKusunoki Collection: Camphor tree, Cinnamomom camphora

Camphor tree, Cinnamomom camphora. Chromolithograph after a botanical illustration by Walther Muller from Hermann Adolph Koehlers Medicinal Plants, edited by Gustav Pabst, Koehler, Germany, 1887

Background imageKusunoki Collection: Camphor laurel, Cinnamomum camphora

Camphor laurel, Cinnamomum camphora. Handcoloured lithograph by Hanhart after a botanical illustration by David Blair from Robert Bentley and Henry Trimens Medicinal Plants, London, 1880

Background imageKusunoki Collection: The last stand of the Kusunoki at Shijonawate (Nanke yushi shijonawate nite uchijini), c

The last stand of the Kusunoki at Shijonawate (Nanke yushi shijonawate nite uchijini), c.1851. Private Collection

Background imageKusunoki Collection: Statue of Kusunoki Masashige outside Tokyos Imperial Palace

Statue of Kusunoki Masashige outside Tokyos Imperial Palace
Statue of Kusunoki Masashige (a 14th-century samurai who fought for Emperor Go-Daigo) outside Tokyos Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan Date: circa 1910s

Background imageKusunoki Collection: Kusunoki rAcjAc no zu, The warrior Kusunoki barricading himself into Akasaka Castle

Kusunoki rAcjAc no zu, The warrior Kusunoki barricading himself into Akasaka Castle. Katsukawa, ShunkAc, 1743-1812, artist, [between 1804 and 1812], 1 print (3 sheets) : woodcut

Background imageKusunoki Collection: NankAc akasaka rAcjAc no zu, The warrior Kusunoki barricading himself into Akasaka Castle

NankAc akasaka rAcjAc no zu, The warrior Kusunoki barricading himself into Akasaka Castle. Katsukawa, Shuntei, 1770-1820, artist, 1809

Background imageKusunoki Collection: Kusunoki masashige chihayajAc rAcjAc no zu, On the road, Kusunoki, Masashi passing by

Kusunoki masashige chihayajAc rAcjAc no zu, On the road, Kusunoki, Masashi passing by or barricading himself into Chihaya Castle

Background imageKusunoki Collection: (1294-1336). Japanese samurai warrior. Masashige defending the fortress of Akasaka

(1294-1336). Japanese samurai warrior. Masashige defending the fortress of Akasaka
KUSUNOKI MASASHIGE (1294-1336). Japanese samurai warrior. Masashige defending the fortress of Akasaka, in the mountains of the Kii peninsula in Japan

Background imageKusunoki Collection: The warrior Kusunoki barricading himself into Akasaka Castle

The warrior Kusunoki barricading himself into Akasaka Castle. Print shows the samurai Kusunoki and followers defending the castle at Akasaka. Date between 1804 and 1812

Background imageKusunoki Collection: On the road, Kusunoki, Masashi passing by or barricading him

On the road, Kusunoki, Masashi passing by or barricading himself into Chihaya Castle. Print shows pedestrians bowing in greeting to others on roadways leading to a walled city across a river


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"Kusunoki: A Symbol of Courage and Resilience" The tomb Masashige at Minatogawa Shrine in Kobe stands as a solemn reminder of the bravery and sacrifice exhibited by this legendary warrior. Known for his unwavering loyalty, Kusunoki's legacy is deeply rooted in Japanese history. Just like the sturdy camphor tree, Cinnamomum camphora, which symbolizes longevity and strength, Kusunoki's spirit remains timeless. His indomitable will to defend his beliefs echoes through the ages. In one of his most famous battles, "The last stand of the Kusunoki at Shijonawate, " he displayed unmatched valor against overwhelming odds. This event solidified his place as a national hero. A statue honoring Kusunoki Masashige outside Tokyo's Imperial Palace serves as a constant reminder of his noble character. It stands tall, depicting him with an unyielding determination etched on his face. During turbulent times, such as when he barricaded himself into Akasaka Castle depicted in "NankAc akasaka rAcjAc no zu, " Kusunoki exemplified resilience and strategic brilliance. He fought fiercely to protect what he held dear. As seen in "Kusunoki masashige chihayajAc rAcjAc no zu, " even while passing by on the road, people recognized him for who he was—a true warrior embodying honor and integrity. Today, we remember Kusunoki not only for his military prowess but also for his unwavering dedication to justice. His story continues to inspire generations to stand up for their convictions and fight against adversity. Let us pay homage to this remarkable figure whose name has become synonymous with courage—the great warrior known simply as Kusunoki Masashige.