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-Story of Rin and Kokichi -
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Ashura(Asura)- a boy form of cruel God of Hindi
Ashura is normally presented as "Angry-faced God"
with 3 faces and 6 arms
But in Kofuku-Ji(temple) there is only one boy-faced Ashura in the world.
In Sengoku age,
Rin was born to be an assassin
but born terminally pretty
with the opposite mind of his sex.
He loved young Tomezou, the leader of assassins.
Tomezo came to Maeda Keijiro
and before he died he asked Keijiro not to kill Rin.
He knew that Rin will come to Keijiro to avenge.
Kokichi is the strong Bushi* serving
One night Rin attacked Keijiro and Kokichi.
Kokichi fell in love at first sight with Rin.
Another night Rin seduces Kokichi to betray Keijiro.
Will Kokichi points his sword to Keijiro !?
Pictures in the novel
Pic1 "Advent of Ashura" partially color
Pic2 "Ready to die" @partially color(blood presented. Pls be cautioned)
Pic3 "Ashura and Aizen-Myouou(horse-formed god)" @color
Pic4 "Samurai on the ride" @B/W
Pic5 "Rin in girl's kimono" color
Pic6 "Kodachi(Short Katana)" partially color
Pic7 "Kodachi(Short Katana) - Akane" partially color
Pic8 "Ashura goes"
Pic9 "Eyes seeing death"
Could you imagine ? You be a "Bushi(Samurai)" who does NOT care for welfare nor fame, but who puts all his energy upon living for "Gi"(See the word explanation in the bottom) 400 years ago. Would you return to that time ?
Bushi in Sengoku era(14-16th Century) would not mind on "company's interest" nor "small happiness in a family". They worked for their "House" and "Name(Honor)", without any care for their own lives. Their Master of House is strongly related to their future and lives.
Returning to such hot time.
In the novel, you are a strong Sumurai, serving for historically famous Maeda keijiro, a legend of the Sengoku era. You are also the Ko-Bushi(Old-time Bushi) who fights with no mercy to your enemy.
Imagine that you are not alone. If a beautiful young servant is always with you. He would be fighting behind you in battlefields and he would give you his whole life....it must be the one who came from Heaven to you. It has a look of Kouhukuji's Ashura. Beautiful look and Ashura's mind....
novel was firstly published as an Electrical book(sorry it's
Japanese!). It could be read by T-Time browser on your personal
This novel was firstly published as an Electrical book(sorry it's Japanese!). It could be read by T-Time browser on your personal computer.
Contents:(Sorry all are in Japanese right now)
Chapter 1 Ashura Kourin(Ashura Comes Down)
Chapter 2 Ashura Ten ni Kaerazu(Ashura remained to this world)
Chapter 3 Ashura Michi Chou Chou (Ashura on a long road)
Chapter 4 Title to be determined later
The story starts with the scene that Rin visits Kouhukuji and meets Ashura statue. At that night, the monk soldiers from Renge-Ouin in Kyoto(anyone knows it as "33-gen-do") assaulted Kouhukuji to steal the Ashura statue. They have a wooden Ashura statue but it is a look of Anger. Rin fights with them to protect Ashura statue like living Ashura.
I mailed to Kouhukuji to ask if I write such a story. The response was that it would not be realistic but the story could be interesting. Thanks.
Also Zenkitsu Osho whom Togou Sigetaka leaned the art of swords from makes his presence. His temple, Tenneiji in Kyoto is famous as Gakubichi-dera. Togou started Jigen-ryu after returnning to Kyushu.
List of persons who show up in the novel and existed. (still being updated)
Remommended sites (My favorite sites but still a few)
Vol 1's Cover picture(part)-Image of Rin as Ashura
Ashura is presented with Sun and Moon on his top hands.
I imagine that the Ashura at Kohukuji had Sun and Moon.
Kohukuji's Ashura is the most beautiful look among Ashura statues.
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Explanation of Words
Gi : "Gi" is the concept you would live or die for. Especially you will not care about your own death to work for someone. Man of "Gi" does not work for fame nor money, just for his trust. Sometimes it is used for gangsters' relationship.
Bushi : Means Fighting Samurai. Samurai is not so clear word to describe Japanese soldiers in Sengoku and Edo eras. Bushi is a clearer word showing their pride and proffesion. But Bushi was as Bushi only in Sengoku era and Bakumatsu age since in peaceful time, they have to serve as salaryman like today. No need for skill to kill. Edo gavernment by Bushi had an internal difficulty in nature to rule the economy with marchant class, farmer class and others, but to our surprise, Edo era continued for 300 years with such problems.