The Tokaido Road: A Novel of Feudal Japan

The Tokaido Road: A Novel of Feudal Japan

by Lucia St. Clair Robson
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A journey takenfrom the first word
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The Tokaido Road is a break for Lucia St Clair Robson from her adventures in the American Revolution, and the American tragedy of the Trail of Tears. The Tokaido Road is a dynamic story showing the ideology of Feudal Japan. The complex characters and use of imagery, poetry, and art bring to life the noble Japanese spirit. I will add this as another in my collection to be placed with Memoires of a Geisha, Life of a Geisha, and the tale of Genji, the tale of Murasaki.... The Tokaido Road is traveled by Cat the daughter of Asano Takumi-no-Kami, a young girl surviving after the death of her father the best she knew how, by first turning to a Geisha herself to pay for her mother’s place a nunnery, and to wait out the time until her father’s retainers would avenge his tortured spirit. The plots of her father’s enemies force her into a deceptive world of traveling down the Tokaido road, using many guise and intellectual ploys not only to find safety in Edo, but find the ability to wish those who would avenge her father well on their late night revenge. Cat's courage provided her not only life, but brought the loyalty of those who interacted with her on the road, not only her closest friend, older sister, and servant in Kasane, but her husband and loyal protector in the samurai Hanshiro.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1702, betrayed and dishonored by Lord Kira, Lord Asaro commits suicide. Kira¿s warriors force Kasana, daughter of Asaro via an outside-wife, to become a courtesan in Edo. She vows vengeance starting with restoring her father¿s name and honor she wait for the opportune moment to flee the brothel that imprisons her so she can journey along the Tokaido Road to find and obtain the support of her late father¿s chief samurai Oishi Kuranosuke.----- Disguising herself as a poor priest she escapes the brothel and begins her quest to travel from Edo to Kyoto with Kira¿s minion pursuing her. Also assigned to bring her back to her brothel is Ronan Hanshiro. As he watches her perform in disguise and as good as any samurai, Hanshiro falls in love with the runaway whom he has not yet met. However, he knows she has no reason to trust him and besides honor calls for him to fulfill his contract of returning her to her master.----- THE TOKAIDO ROAD is a fabulous look at early eighteenth century Japan in which aristocratic and samurai classes adhere to a deep rooted honor system that include suicide when one ¿breaks¿ the code and a need for offspring to do whatever is necessary to regain lost respect, as without honor there is no esteem. The action takes a back seat to the historical details of feudal caste Japan so that the audience obtains a better understanding of Zen philosophy and the rigid rules of society that places honor above all else. More historical fiction (based on a real account) than a thriller, fans who appreciate a vivid powerful look into a different culture will appreciate this glimpse at a bygone era in Japan.---- Harriet Klausner