By Lucia St. Clair Robson
After the execution of her father, the younger and gorgeous girl Asano, who now calls herself Cat, is in grave chance: the strong Lord Kira's crusade opposed to her family members is continuous and she or he needs to locate Oishi, the chief of the combating males of the Asano extended family. Cat believes he's 300 miles to the southwest within the imperial urban of Kyoto.Disguising her loveliness within the humble clothing of a touring priest, Cat starts her quest alongside the fabled Tokaido street. All she has is her samurai education, her lethal, six-foot-long naginata, and her speedy wits. and he or she will desire all of them, for a ronin has been employed to pursue her, a mysterious guy who will play a task in Cat's drama that neither can have ever imagined. . . . "Breathtaking . . . interesting . . . It reminds us that the japanese regard eroticism as an artwork, a ability as cultivated as flower arranging and pouring tea." -- Boston Sunday usher in
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Her hands were clenched so tightly that white ellipses formed at the knuckles. Old Jug Face was almost thirty-nine in a profession where the foot soldiers were dismissed as middle-aged at twenty-five. She had struggled to fortify herself a comfortable redoubt here. She made a hundred mon in squeeze from every ichibu a customer spent on food. She made a percentage on the maids’ and servants’ tips and the courtesans’ fees. Now she was terrified that Lord Kira would have her turned out, as she herself had turned out women too old to attract trade.
This was where her father was buried. The police and Lord Kira’s men would certainly search here for her. She had to hurry. Close to Cat’s shelter was the stone marker of her father’s grave. His last poem had been incised into it. Cat had memorized it, but through her tears she read it anyway. Far more fragile than Tender blooms, so soon scattered By the fresh spring winds, Must I now bid you farewell And leave gentle spring behind? Oishi Kuranosuke had made arrangements for erecting this monument to his lord.
The eel seller slipped them into her sleeve. Then she went back to tending her rack of charring eels. “I might have. ” Hanshiro patiently added ten more coins. ” She smiled fondly at him as he wrapped the coins. She smiled at him the way a cat smiled at the hand holding the fish entrails. “Yes, I saw her. A young woman dressed as a dirt-eater. Very convincing. But she smelled of camellia oil, and she reached up to arrange hair that was no longer on her head. ” The old woman grinned toothlessly at him.
The Tokaido Road: A Novel of Feudal Japan by Lucia St. Clair Robson