The New Chushingura: The Forty-Seven Ronin

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Shelley Marshall, Jun 12, 2022 - Fiction - 745 pages
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The revenge of the forty-seven ronin is the famous story of samurai vengeance from feudal Japan. Briefly, Lord Asano, the daimyo of Ako, tries to kill Lord Kira, the chief master of ceremonies, in the shogun's castle in Edo during a visit of imperial envoys from Kyoto. The shogun handed down the sentence of seppuku, ritual suicide, to be carried out the same evening but only for Lord Asano. Some, but not all, of Asano's retainers found the punishment unjust and vowed to deliver Lord Kira's head to the grave of their lord.

No one knows the full true story of the forty-seven ronin, but Eiji Yoshikawa weaves an exciting tale of the players on this historic stage. He tells a tale of the many players, their motivations and conflicts, and the series of events that affect Japan to this day.

An early retelling of this incident was a puppet play titled Chushingura, which is translated as The Treasury of Loyal Retainers. Eiji Yoshikawa's The New Chushingura was serially published in Hinode magazine from January 1935 to January 1937.

 

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Contents

The FortySeven Ronin
Japanese Pronunciation Guide
ASANO TAKUMI NO KAMI
EXPRESS MESSAGES TO
A DIARY OF FIVE DAYS OF LIGHTNINGFAST RUNNERS
A TALE OF RED SMARTWEED
THE RECORD OF BIRDS FLYING AWAY
THE DEFENSE IN YONEZAWA
A PICTURE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE GENROKU
THE RAID BY SUN TZU OF THE KOTATSU HEATER
THE SEASON OF THE MOON SNOW AND FLOWERS
KIRAS LOYAL RETAINERS
WARRIORS
THE END OF WARS FOR THE UESUGI CLAN
A FIRESIDE CHAT AT SENGAKUJI TEMPLE
NIGHTTIME TALKS OF THE LOYAL RETAINERS HELD BY THE HOSOKAWA CLAN

TAKATA GUNBEI
BUILDING IN YAMASHINA
THE STORY OF A SONG ON A NIGHT BOAT
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE FUSHIMI QUARTER IN KYOTO
AROUND TOWN IN MATSUZAKACHO
LORD KIRAS BARRACKS
Seppuku in the Hosokawa Courtyard
Graves at Sengakuji Temple
About the Author
Credits
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