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Birth: 1813
Death: 1858

Renowned Buddhist priest in the late Edo Period (1603-1868). Gessho was the Chief priest of Jojuin, a sub-temple of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. He became closely associated with proimperial activists and contributed to overthrowing the Tokugawa shogunate, to establish the Meiji Restoration. To escape from Ansei Purge by forces loyal to the shogunate, Gessho went with Takamori Saigo to Kagoshima. When they were refused asylum there, they threw themselves into Kinko Bay and only Takamori survived. Gessho's remains are divided between Kyoto's Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nanrin-ji Temple in Kagoshima. In Kyoto's Kiyomizu-dera precinct, there is a monument containing an engraving of his farewell poem. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett) 

Cause of death: drowning
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kyoto, Japan
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Warrick L. Barrett
Record added: May 20, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7470661
Added by: Warrick L. Barrett
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- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: May. 4, 2014

- Joseph M. Petri
 Added: Apr. 12, 2014
I'm sorry you left us so tragically, Gessho. Rest in Peace. See you in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: Apr. 11, 2014
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