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Ogai+2+Abe+ichizoku+208 - Mori gai , 1862-1922 "Okitsu...

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Mori Ōgai o , 1862-1922 Okitsu yagoemon no isho” (Last Testament of Okitsu Yagoemon, 1912) Abe ichizoku ( o The Abe Clan, 1913) “Sanshō dayū” (Sanshō the Bailiff, 1915) Shibue Chūsai (1917) Nogi Maresuke F , 1849-Sept. 13, 1912 Junshi feudal act of following one’s lord in death
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I have been writing this note by the light of a candle which has just gone out. But there is no need to light another. There is sufficient reflection from the snow at the window to enable me to cut across my wrinkled stomach. Okitsu Yagoemon no isho, version 1, 1912
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On the second of the twelfth month, Shōhō four, Okitsu Yagoemon Kageyoshi made a ceremonial visit to the graves in Kōtōin, then entered the temporary building set up at the foot of Mt. Funaoka. Advancing onto the tatami, he took the short sword in his hands. Turning his head toward Nomi Ichirobē standing behind him, he addressed him, “I make my request.” From above his white clothes, he cut his belly in three parallel lines. Nomi cut the nape of his neck with one stroke, but was a little short of cutting through. Yagoemon said, “Stab my windpipe.” However, Yagoemon stopped breathing before Nomi brought down his hands. Around the temporary building, residents of Kyoto, of all ages, were crowded like a wall…. “Okitsu Yagoemon no isho,” Version 2, 1912
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I discovered the Way of Samurai is death. In a fifty-fifty life or death crisis, simply settle it by choosing immediate death. There is nothing complicated about it. Just brace yourself and proceed. Some say that to die without accomplishing one’s mission is to die
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