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By Lesley Downer

Japan, 1868: the final shogun has been defeated, the age of the emperors is ready to start - and in Japan's frozen north a diehard band of loyalists plans a determined final stand. Hana is simply seventeen whilst her husband is going to battle, leaving her on my own and extremely susceptible.

When enemy squaddies assault her residence she flees for her existence around the shattered urban of Tokyo and takes shelter within the Yoshiwara, its recognized excitement zone. There she is offered right into a brothel and compelled to coach as a courtesan. Yozo, a visitor, adventurer and impressive swordsman, returns to Japan after six years within the Victorian West to find that the realm he left at the back of him has been destroyed. traveling north to hitch his insurgent comrades, he's captured in the course of their ultimate conflict. Escaping, he makes his manner south to the one position the place a guy is past the succeed in of the legislations - the Yoshiwara.

There within the Nightless urban the place 3 thousand courtesans mingle with geishas and jesters, the battered fugitive meets the gorgeous courtesan. yet each one has a mystery so bad that when published it is going to threaten not just their union - yet their very lives...

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30 HARA-KIRI hara o watte hanasu, "to talk over a matter with an open stomach," meaning to have a frank talk. hara no okii hito, "a person with a big stomach," meaning a generous man. hara-guroi hito, "a person with a black stomach," meaning a sly man. " hara 6 kimeru, "to determine one's stomach," meaning to make up one's mind. The reference to the abdomen in such expressions is not a monopoly of the Japanese. " In French ventre (abdomen) is often associated with coeur (heart, mind). Entrailles means both intestines as well as feelings, tenderness, heart, or pity.

5. Seppuku Why the Abdomen Was Chosen The word hara or abdomen has a common root with the word hari which means tension. Ancient Japanese associated tension in the abdomen with the soul. The abdomen is the place where the soul resides; the more vital the action, the greater the tension. At the same time, it is the physical center of the body; hence they were led to look upon the abdomen as the cradle of one's will, thought, generosity, boldness, spirit, anger, enmity, etc. There are many Japanese idioms that are associated with the word hara.

And threw his short sword at Kira, hoping thus to inflict more serious injury. Unfortunately, this short sword pierced the gorgeously decorated golden sliding door at the end of the Matsu-no-Roka (Pine Corridor), and this incident was the cause behind the Shogun's command that Lord Asano commit seppuku. " When a samurai was put under the surveillance of the lord he served or into the custody of his kinsmen, the responsible party had to prepare attendants both to take care of him as well as to watch over him.

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