Sunrise Stories; A Glance At The Literature Of Japan

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byRoger Riordan

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1896 Excerpt: ... XVIII THE FORTY-SEVEN FREE LANCES That private vengeance is not favored by heaven is evidently the moral which the exemplary author of ' The House of the Blossoming Plum Trees ' desired to enforce. But this was far from being a universal sentiment in old Japan; and the most celebrated of the popular romances of the Tokugawa period has for its aim the glorification of that excessive loyalty to family and chief which too often gave rise to savage bloodfeuds. "The Treasury of Loyalty" (Chiushin-gura) relates how Yenya Takasada, a lord of Hakushiu, having been compelled to commit hara-kiri, and his fief having been confiscated as a punishment for attempting the life of an insulting court official, the karo (chief councillor) of the clan and a number of retainers took an oath to slay the enemy of their lord, whose insults had brought this fate upon them, and succeeded, in spite of the latter's watchfulness and their own weak and impoverished condition. Yenya, with the lord of Wakasa, a baron of lesser rank, and Moronao, the court officer referred to, had been appointed by the shogun, Ashikaga Takauji, to attend upon his brother, on the occasion of the latter's visit to inaugurate a new shrine to the war-god at Tsurugaoka. Moronao was to instruct the two younger men, his coadjutors, in the etiquette proper to the occasion, but confined his instructions to Wakasa, whose councillor, Honzo, had secretly taken the precaution of bribing him. Yenya, on the contrary, he treated with contempt, and so enraged by his insults that he was with difficulty prevented by Honzo from slaying his tormentor. But merely to draw sword within the precincts of the palace was a capital offence, and though Moronao escaped with a slight wound, Yenya was condemned to disembowel himself, and...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1896 Excerpt: ... XVIII THE FORTY-SEVEN FREE LANCES That private vengeance is not favored by heaven is evidently the moral which the exemplary aut...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217564801

ISBN - 13:9780217564809

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