MEMORIAL OF “SHOSHIN ZAMMOKU”
On May 11, 1869(Meiji 2) the fiercest battle of Hakodate War was fought in downtown Hakodate. At that time Koryuji Temple was located at the foot of the slope where it stands now and it was used as a branch of Hakodate Hospital for deserted soldiers of the old Shogunate army.
On this day spearhead force of the new government’s army burst into the temple and killed the sick and wounded in bed, then set fire to the temple. The Aizu clan forces which fought against the new government paid dearly in human cost in this battle.
In 1879 (Meiji 12) Koryji Temple was moved to its present location and the following year the supporters of the Aizu clan erected this monument in memory of those who were murdered in this attack.
The Chinese characters on the monument read, “Shoshin Zammoku” or “mourning an ancient battlefield.” These are the words of Rika, a Chinese literary man of the Tang period (618-906). The characters were traced over the genuine writing of Gakuhi, a faithful retainer of Southern Sung(1127-1278), China.
CITY OF HAKODATE