礎石夏目の墓 The grave of Sōseki Natsume in Zōshigaya Cemetery


One of the greatest writers in the modern japanese literature is Sōseki Natsume (1867 to 1916). He lived in the Meiji period (1868 to 1912) and was one of the first japanese novelists to depict the clashes between japanese and western culture.

Among his most outstanding works are I am a cat, Botchan and Kokoro.

Before Natsume Sōseki himself was buried in Zōshigaya Cemetery, he selected the cemetery as the final resting place for the friend of the Sensei in the novel Kokoro (1914)

(雑司ヶ谷霊園, Zōshigaya Reien

Zōshigaya Cemetery

Zōshigaya Cemetery

Zōshigaya Cemetery is a public cemetery in Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo.

As I recently had been reading Kokoro and recalled the parts where Sensei mentioned about visiting his friend’s K  grave ( he committed suicide) 

and knowing that the author himself got buried there two years after completing the novel I had the strong wish to visit that grave in Zōshigaya Cemetery.

With the help of some locals and some efforts to decipher the cemetry plot signposts I managed to find Sōseki Natsume’s grave.

The plot number is 1-14-1-3.

礎石夏目の墓

Approach everything rationally, and you become harsh. Pole along in the stream of emotions, and you will be swept away by the current. Give free rein to your desires, and you become uncomfortably confined. It is not a very agreeable place to live, this world of ours.

The Three-Cornered World

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7 comments on “礎石夏目の墓 The grave of Sōseki Natsume in Zōshigaya Cemetery

  1. Natsume Soseki is one of my favorite authors, and Kokoro is one of my favorite stories. I’d like to visit here someday if I could. Maybe on my next trip to Tokyo.

  2. Hi NyNy. I did visit your blog and got stunned by your dance video. That looked very professional for me. I keep watching your blog.
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  3. I will definitely pay respect to him in his grave someday. I’ve read most of his works. Kokoro, Kusamakura, Sashiro,And Then, Light and Darkness, Ten Nights of A Dream, Mon, The Wayfarer, Grass on the Wayside, and Botchan. I’ve only read the first volume of I am a cat. I’ve read Kokoro at least 3 times, and continue to read passages when I feel like it. Thanks for posting this info!

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