Memories of the Warrior Kumagai: A Historical Novel by Donald Richie

By Donald Richie

Publish yr note: First released in 1999
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In this retelling of an outdated story, a warrior wrestles down an enemy commander simply to find his foe is as younger as his personal son. Shaken and not able to abide by means of his accountability and slay the early life, he comes to a decision to turn into a monk.

This well-known stumble upon among Kumagai no Jiro Naozane and Taira no Atsumori in the course of Japan's Heike wars has been a big a part of Japan's ancient and non secular culture ever given that. In Memoirs of the Warrior Kumagai, Donald Richie demanding situations and upends traditional types of this incident, whilst he vividly inspires the realm of the 12th century jap warrior with uncompromising precision and authority.

The result's a historic novel within the grand culture, a piece right away clean and undying.

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When I am possessed, a horrendous power weighs down on me and I become unable even to breathe, as if a huge rock were crushing me. At length I become unconscious of anything, and I never recall a single word I utter while in a trance. When I think about it, though, from time to time there have been frightening oracles from the gods: to do battle, or to take a person’s life. I possessed no understanding of such matters, but I would realize later that important events to which I had never given thought had occurred as a result of the god’s oracle through my mouth, and that has at times filled me with apprehension.

Yoshinori felt utterly wretched and tried many times to refuse, but the governor would not listen to his petition, and he was compelled to comply. Before setting out for Ikoma at the head of his troops, Yoshinori paid a visit to Kasuga. He finished worshiping, then turned to Toyome and said, weeping bitterly: “Because of an absurd, mistaken oracle, I now bear a miserable fate. I am not a powerful man, and in the end am not likely to return alive. Take good care of Ayame and Kureha. ” Toyome was also in lower spirits than usual, but she assumed as stern a countenance as possible and remonstrated with him, saying: “How faint-hearted for one who wears a sword!

I’m sure you don’t have to worry about that. Even if someone were to tell the emperor’s mother about it, I assure you that she would not make an issue of it. . But if Kureha is present to witness his majesty’s intimacy with the empress, her own Chapter One c 35 passions will no doubt be aroused. ” Even as Michinaga spoke, his mouth broke into a lewd smile and he lightly shook Shòshò’s body in his embrace. “I have a request for you. How about it? . ” “Well! ” Shòshò lifted her face from Michinaga’s chest, her eyes brimming with coquetry.

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