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    The 47 Ronin
    Japanese Tales of Vampires, Ghosts, and Renegade Samurai

    by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford

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    • Publisher: Sterling
    • ISBN: 9781435139428 (1435139429)
    • Author: Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
    • Format: hardcover, 272 pages
    • Language: english
    • Genres: japan, fiction, asia, supernatural
    • Release date: August 29, 2012

    About The Book

    In this lavishly illustrated volume, A.B. Mitford presents ancient Japanese tales filled with action, romance, and the supernatural. Proud lords and their loyal retainers, a brave samurai and his faithless wife, a vampire cat, and howling spirits are all featured in the engaging stories that follow, including:

    · * The Forty-Seven Rōnin: In this account of fierce heroism, a band of rōnin — masterless samurai who wander the country as somewhat disreputable knights errant — swear to lay down their lives to avenge their lord, who was condemned to hara kiri and his property and castle forfeited to the state.

    · * How Tajima Shumé was Tormented by a Devil of his Own Creation: When a traveling rōnin amasses great wealth with a dead priest’s money, he finds himself confronted with a fearful vision of the man he murdered.

    · * The Badger’s Money: An old priest takes pity on a helpless badger that asks to enter his warm cottage so that it may live through a bitterly cold night.

    Appendices covering hara kiri and funeral rites conclude this collection of mesmerizing stories about Japanese life in days of yore.

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