mi ha tatoi
musashi no nobe ni
kuchinu tomo
tomeoka mashi
yamato damashii

Even if my life ends on the musashi plain
the japanese spirit will still remain

* forgive the silly rhyme and poor meter! I'm a kyuuryou dorobou dammit, not a poet!

Yoshida Shoin wrote his death poem, or jisei, while in prison before his execution in 1859 for his role in the anti-shogunate/pro-emperor movement.

In great historical irony, Shoin's grave in Tokyo is only a short walk from Gotoku Temple and the grave of Naosuke Ii, the person who ordered his execution.

Yoshida Shoin's jisei is a classic example of kobun, or archaic Japanese writing.

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