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.
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 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.
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