London: The Cornhill Magazine, 1869. First Edition. Disbound. Very Good Condition. Item #258032
This is the first Western account of Hari-Kiri. A very detailed account of the ceremony surrounding the execution of a Bizen Samurai, Taki Zenzaburo, in the Temple of Seigukuji, the head quarters of the Satsuma troops at Hiogo. Zenzaburo had been responsible for the attack on the foreign settlement at Hiogo (now Kobe). The attack was one of a number of incidents involving hostility towards foreigners during the dispute between the Emperor and the Shogun. This account comes from the first year of the modern Japanese era, the migration of the Japanese Seat of Power from Kyoto to Edo (now Tokyo), known as the 'Meiji Restoration', and was wriiten by Mitford who had taken up the post of Secretary to the British Consulate, and was published some years before his wider memoir of Japan. Note; this is an original article separated from the volume, not a reprint or copy. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 6 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Cornhill Magazine; Featured; Special Interest; New Arrivals; Inventory No: 258032.
Keywords: BZDB395 Cornhill Magazine; Featured; Special Interest; New Arrivals; The Execution by HaraKiri selfimmolation by disemboweling First eyewitness account by a Westerner 1869 A rare article from the Cornhill Magazine 1869 Algernon Bertram FreemanMitford