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Anything But Seppuku
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Abe ichizoku bungaku Chôshû clan commit junshi commit seppuku con¶ict ction ctional dead dif¤cult Donald Keene Emperor Meiji Emperor of Japan exile father foreigners French gure Hachiya’s Hawai‘i Press historical honor Hosokawa Hosokawa clan human sacri¤ce husband’s Ibid Ieyasu imperial Japanese Culture kaishakunin killed Kokoro Kyôto Last Samurai Lives Six Deaths lord into death lord’s Meiji no gunshin Meiji period Meiji Restoration men’s military Modern Japan Mori Ôgai narrative narrator Nihon Nihon shoki Nogi Maresuke Nogi Shrine Nogi’s junshi of¤cers of¤cial Ôgai’s story Ôhama Ojôsan Okitsu Yagoemon one’s lord Ôoka Orbaugh Peattie permission poem Port Arthur rekishi retainer ritual Roches rst version Sahashi Jingorô Saigô Sakai Incident Sakai jiken Sasaki Satow Satsuma Rebellion seems self-sacri¤ce Sensei Shizu Shizuko shôgun shôgunate signi¤cant Six Lives Six Sôseki sword Tadaoki Tadatoshi Taishô Takatsuna testament tion Tokugawa Tôkyô Tosa trans translation University Press warrior Watakushi Yagoemon Yagoemon no isho Yôdô
Page 16 - In the open space around the body of the king they bury one of his concubines, first killing her by strangling, and also his cup-bearer, his cook, his groom, his lacquey, his messenger, some of his horses, firstlings of all his other possessions, and some golden cups; for they use neither silver nor brass.
Page 22 - When a man dies, there have been cases of people sacrificing themselves by strangulation, or of strangling others by way of sacrifice, or of compelling the dead man's horse to be sacrificed, or of burying valuables in the grave in honour of the dead, or of cutting off the hair, and stabbing the thighs and pronouncing an eulogy on the dead (while in this condiXXv. 32. tion). Let all such old customs be entirely discontinued. A certain book says : — ' No gold or silver, no silk brocades, and no coloured...
Page 18 - It is a very painful thing to force those whom one has loved in life to follow him in death. Though it be an ancient custom, why follow it if it is bad ? From this time forward, take counsel so as to put a stop to the following of the dead.