Suicidal Honor: General Nogi and the Writings of Mori Ōgai and Natsume Sōseki (Google eBook)

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University of Hawaii Press, 2006 - History - 289 pages
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On September 13,1912, the day or Emperor Meijis funeral. General Nogi Maresuke committed ritual suicide by
  

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Contents

Sacrifice and SelfSacrifice
11
The Japanese Custom of Junshi
20
Nogi in History
31
Nogis Life Sentences
33
The Sword and the Brush
64
Nogi in Literature
83
Mori Ôgais Junshi Stories
85
Junshi Postponed
86
A Spectacle for the Lords Successor
99
The Perplexities of Permission
109
Mori Ôgais Sakai jiken Rebellion and Martyrdom
122
Natsume Sôsekis Kokoro Living as Though Dead
159
Last Stands in Ancient Rome and Modern Japan
189
Notes
199
Bibliography
259
Index
279

Anything But Seppuku
91

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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.
Page 18 - For several days they died not, but wept and wailed day and night. At last they died and rotted. Dogs and crows gathered and ate them.

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