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Maeda Keijirou Ibun

-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 Keijiro.
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"

 

About this novel
 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....

 

 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)

 

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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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Recommended books

 The following are the books I recommended to know the background of this novel and my quotations. You can buy from Amazon's search engine under them.

"Ashura wo Kiwameru"     Kouhukuji    Where did the statue at Kohukuji come from ? Who is Ashura ?
"Miwaku no Butsuzo Ashura"    Mainichi Shinbunsha   It explains Dakkatsu-Kanshitsu, the method to have made Ahsura and other statues in ancient era. Also it explains the Kohikuji's buildings in those eras. Sai-kondo where Ashura was put originally existed in Rin's time but now lost.
"Sengoku no Mura wo Iku"    Hujiki,Hisashi      Events and occurrences in the farmers and towns of Sengoku era is described as seasonal calender. On the day of New Year the farmers and Landmasters exchanged the commitment. "Monogusa Tarou" might be a slave who the town took care of for a scapegoat when the town is in danger. The farmers had their swords until Katana-gari and they were the major members for the war and there was a deal with their land master.

u"Ichimuan Huryuki"    Ryu, Keiichiro     The famous stories of Maeda Keijiro, a legend of Sengoku era. The author desfined Keijiro as "Kabuki-mono" from the episode of an old book "Kakan-shosetu". This book triggered me to start investigating the life of Maeda Keijiro.

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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.