Ritualistic Samurai Suicide- A Firsthand Account
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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