Experience: Gishi Sai (Tokyo)

Over three centuries ago, a seminal event occurred in the corridors of Edo Castle. Young Lord Asano from Ako Province (in present day Hyogo Prefecture) drew his sword and attacked the shogun's master of ceremonies, Lord Kira. Kira escaped essentially unharmed but Asano, having broken the code of never drawing a weapon in the shogun's... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: The 47 Samurai

A grievous insult. A man wronged. A life avenged. Conspiracy. Murder. Honor. It's the plot of one of Japan's most popular kabuki plays, Chushingura. Only this story is no fiction, but the famous tale of the 47 Samurai (or 47 Ronin). The story begins back in 1701, when the country was in the throes of... Continue Reading →

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