Masakado's Home Page

Located in the heart of the financial district of Tokyo, among the skyscrapers and pavement, is a small shrine occupying some of the most expensive real estate in the world. The shrine is well maintained by local corporations who, if just about any one else was enshrined here, would have long ago planted another uninteresting building upon it.

The shrine, called Masakado no Kubizuka or The Hill of Masakado's Head, has been in this place for more than 1000 years and enshrines the decapitated head of Taira no Masakado, the patron saint of Tokyo and one of the major figures in the history of Japan.

This is Masakado's home page

This web page was featured in the March 23, 1999 Daily Yomiuri newspaper. The Daily Yomiuri is one of the major English Dailies in Japan with a circulation of about 50,000.  Click here to see the full article.


Why dedicate a home page to Masakado? After reading what is presented here, you'll know.
First of all, pay your respects to Masakado by reading his illustrated resume.
Paul Waley, in his excellent book, "Tokyo Now and Then," presents a narrative extracted here.
By now, you are no doubt wondering how to locate Masakado's head. Directions are here.

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