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Ritualistic Samurai Suicide- A Firsthand Account By Daniel DiMarzio, A.B. Mitford
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What you are about to read is an account taken from A.B. Mitford’s work “Tales of Old Japan” circa 1871. Seppuku (hara-kiri) was a Japanese suicide ritual often performed by... More > Samurai. Up until this point no one in the Western world had witnessed it, or even believed that it was real. The events below detail an actual eyewitness account of Japanese ritualistic suicide by a foreigner. A foreigner who happened to record and write about the event in detail…and in English. The Foreword is written by Daniel DiMarzio. Additional historic material related to hara-kiri is also given. In addition the original English version of the now famous "Forty-Seven Ronin" story written circa 1871 is provided.< Less
Tales of Old Japan By Lord Redesdale
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Tales of Old Japan (1871) is an anthology of short stories compiled by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford, Lord Redesdale, writing under the better known name of A.B. Mitford. These stories focus on... More > various aspects of Japanese life before the Meiji Restoration. The book, which was written in 1871, forms an introduction to Japanese literature and culture, both through the stories, all adapted from Japanese sources, and Mitford's supplementary notes. Also included are Mitford's eyewitness accounts of a selection of Japanese rituals, ranging from harakiri (seppuku) and marriage to a selection of sermons.< Less
Hidden Among Leaves By Iain Aitken
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More than half a century and six thousand miles separate Akira Sasaki from his survival of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima; yet he rises mid-breakfast, walks upstairs to his bedroom and calmly... More > commits seppuku, ritual suicide. His son’s quest to understand why his father has taken such a terrible step leads him into a world of deceit, violence and death. As his life spirals out of control, his search for the truth leads him to Japan and a long-buried secret - a secret that the American government cannot afford to have unearthed…< Less