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“Respect a Patriot”
Review of Renko-ji Temple

Renko-ji Temple
Ranked #26 of 75 things to do in Suginami
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Renkoji Temple (蓮光寺 Renkoji) is a Buddhist temple in Tokyo, Japan. It is assumed to be the purported location of the ashes of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Indian freedom-fighter, which have been preserved since September 18, 1945.[1] The small, well-preserved temple was established in 1594 inspired by the God of Wealth and Happiness[clarification needed]. It belongs to the Nichiren sect of Buddhism
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Singapore, Singapore
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“Respect a Patriot”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

This non-descript temple is located somewhere in Tokyo's suburban sprawl and been would have been invisible to most people (actually, it still is unknown to many a traveller), had it not been the resting place of a legend. This temple is located in a quiet neighborhood of Tokyo, Suginami-ku. Its behind the highschool outside Higashikoenji station. Interestingly, this very local and ordinary temple is the center of far-away India's one and only major conspiracy theory. The ashes of the legendary Indian freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose who supposedly died in a plane crash at Taipei, Taiwan in 1945 (although I personally don't believe this) are alleged to be kept in this temple.

The temple itself is very typical of a Japanese temple. What makes it special is the respect that the Japanese priests have for the memory of an Indian leader and how they have reverently kept the ashes in the temple for over half a century. The temple is closed always closed except on August 18 which is the (supoposed) death anniversary of Bose. A ceremony is held by the priests in Bose's honour on that day. If you're an admirer of Subhas Chandra Bose, do visit this temple and pay your respects if you're in Japan. Even if you don't believe that Bose died in Taipei in 1945, a temple that pays homage to this great personality in a foreign country for events that took place during an era that most, including Indians themselves, prefer to forget, is worth visiting.

Visited March 2012
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