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今戸心中 (Imado Shinjyuu)

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今戸心中 (Imado Shinjyuu) by Ryūrō Hirotsu is a captivating and poignant novel that delves into the complexities of love, loyalty, and betrayal in feudal Japan. The story follows the forbidden love between a samurai named Hikosaburō and a courtesan named Okiku, who are torn apart by the strict societal norms and expectations of their time.

Hirotsu does an excellent job of weaving together historical details and vivid descriptions to paint a vivid picture of life in Edo-era Japan. The characters are all deeply flawed and complex, adding depth and intrigue to the narrative. The author skillfully explores themes of honor, duty, and sacrifice, making the reader question what they would be willing to do for love.

The pacing of the novel is steady, building tension and suspense as the story unfolds. The scenes between Hikosaburō and Okiku are both tender and heartbreaking, showcasing the depth of their love and the challenges they face in a society that does not accept their relationship.

Overall, 今戸心中 (Imado Shinjyuu) is a beautifully written and emotionally resonant novel that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and romance. Hirotsu's storytelling is masterful, drawing the reader into a world of political intrigue, passion, and heartache. This is a must-read for anyone looking for a gripping and thought-provoking tale set in feudal Japan.

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Yoshizato is a high-class prostitute, who lives in a Yoshiwara, where prostitution is legal. Hirata, one of her customers, leaves her and returns to his home town Okayama. She becomes very sad about this and thus treats another customer, Zenkichi, very coldly. But when she learns that Zenkichi lost his fortune because of her, she starts to treat him more warmly. But together, they don't have money and at last they commit suicide together.

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