The Nightless City; Or, the History of the Yoshiwara y Kwaku

The Nightless City; Or, the History of the Yoshiwara y Kwaku

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...natural death, there were many yujo who committed suicide, together with their sweethearts, owing to various reasons, among which the most powerful were either their inability to live together in conjugal felicity with each other, or their pecuniary embarrassments. Such double suicides had been known as xhinju ('t1 "the inside of the heart or mind), but about the era of Kyohd (1716-173o) Judge Ooka Echizen-no-Kami, (who is regarded a.s the Japanese Solomon), gave it out as his opinion that the word sh'ntju ('fr'l') if read reversed would make chushin (f'jfr=loyalty) and that it was absurd to call the double suicide of a man and woman, owing to love affairs, "loyalty." He therefore ordained that this kind of suicide should be called "aitai-jini" OtefHE="death by mutual consent") and that word was accordingly adopted. The late Mr. Koidzumi Yakumo (Lafcadio Hearn) in his "Glimpses of Unfamiliar Jtjan" (Vol. 1.) gives an extremely interesting example of shiiiju, as follows: --"There lived in ancient times a hatamoto called Fuji-eda Qeki, "a vassal of the Shogun. He had an income of live thousand "kokn oT rice, --a great income in those days. But he fell In love "with an inmate of the Yoshiwara named Ayaginu, and wished "to marry her. When his master bade the vassal choose between "his fortune and his passion, the lovers fled secretly to a farmer's "house, and there committed suicide together." "The sad occurrence was commemorated in u popular song "which ran: --"Jfimi to -ei/arn ka, go-gvn-gokit fnru A'- t "Nan no go-xen-goku kimi to neyo? "Once more to rest beside her, or keep live thousand koku? "What care I fur koku? Let me be..."show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236509994
  • 9781236509994