A visit to Ernest Fenollosa’s grave

I spent last Sunday in Ōtsu (Shiga pref.) on Lake Biwa, where I attended the annual taikai recital of Ritsumeikan University Noh Theatre Club, featuring both current and old members, at the Dentōgeinōkaikan. It’s been a pleasant day, where I could gather quite a lot of material for my current research on amateur practitioners in Noh. After a long morning-afternoon of shimai, rengin and maibayashi Calder, Cristina (members of the INI) and I decided to take a stroll behind Miidera, just where the kaikan is. Our destination was Ernest Fenollosa‘s grave. Fenollosa (1853-1908) helped to disseminate Noh outside Japan with translations that were later edited by Ezra Pound, and published in the book “Noh”, or, Accomplishment (1916). After his death, his ashes were sent back to Japan, and buried at Hōmyō-in, in the woods close to Miidera.

I have done quite a lot of work on Fenollosa for my PhD thesis so I definitely wanted to visit his grave at least once. It’s actually not that easiest thing to find it, but here are a couple of pictures I took. .

Now that I understood where it is, I will certainly come back, maybe with incense and sakaki leaves.




6 thoughts on “A visit to Ernest Fenollosa’s grave

  1. Wonderful. As I interned briefly at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston – where Fenollosa, Okakura, et al played a huge role in establishing and shaping the collection – I’ve long had a particular interest in him. I would love to visit his grave – and, I imagine there are likely quite a few other famous graves in the area, too. One of these days, I’ll have to make my way out there.

  2. Thank you for sharing your photos of his tomb. I am the great great granddaughter of Mary McNeil Fenollosa. Someday I would love to visit !

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