Japanese Life Town Country

Japanese Life Town Country

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...Hachibei got a bu somewhere last night and called his friends together and had a feast of fish and sake. He drank a great deal himself, and whether it did not agree with him, he died this morning.' Ichijuro was astonished and asked the man not to send the body off or have it buried, but told his master, who sent for the corpse and expended the five ryd on a funeral. It was certainly wonderful that a merchant should thus be affected by righteousness. "Hachibei was not an ordinary man. Doubtless he entered the beggars' guild because homeless and alone. When he had money for a feast for his companions he thought it a good end and choked himself. Had he been in power he would not have used his authority to take things belonging to another. Some men are samurai in name but beggars in heart--that man was called a beggar but was, in truth, a samurai." But this identification of righteousness with loyalty and self-sacrifice was exaggerated until a disregard for one's life could atone for crime, and recklessness became the first of virtues. By its excess we the more clearly see that true self-sacrifice can be attained only after the sanctity of the person, in others and in self, as sacred and of God, has been perceived. "In Kaga I had a friend, a samurai of low rank. While absent in Adzuma with his lord, his son Kujuro, fifteen years old, quarrelling with a neighbour's son of the same age over a game of go, lost his self-control, and before he could be seized drew his sword and cut the boy down. While the wounded boy was under the surgeon's care Kujuro was in custody, but he showed no fear, and his words and acts were calm beyond his years. After some days the boy died and Kujuro was condemned to hara-kiri. The officer in charge...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236786335
  • 9781236786333