By Laura Joh Rowland
On a whim of the shogun's mom, a procession has left the sweltering warmth of Edo, sure for the cooler weather of Mount Fuji. between her touring partners are Reiko, the gorgeous spouse of Sano Ichir_, the shogun's so much Honorable Investigator of occasions, occasions, and other people; Reiko's buddy Midori, 9 months pregnant; and woman Yanagisawa, the deranged spouse of the shogun's robust second-in-command. None of them look ahead to the journey. yet their issues have in basic terms started while their procession is stopped by surprise on a abandoned street. the full retinue is viciously slaughtered and the 4 girls are certain and brought away, imprisoned by means of a mysterious kidnapper.
Sano now reveals himself confronted with crucial case of his profession. The shogun calls for fast motion, and less than the specter of loss of life, Sano is pressured to paintings together with his sour enemies---Chamberlain Yanagisawa and Police Commissioner Hoshina.
The ladies are in impending risk, and the supply of a ransom be aware in simple terms complicates matters---forcing either Sano and Reiko to take determined measures. once more, Laura Joh Rowland's outstanding mix of heritage and storytelling attracts us right into a luxurious and treacherous international.
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A feeble court persisted in that city, but the Heian period was at an end. For the next seven hundred years Japan would be governed by military shoguns, mostly of Minamoto origin, who paid mere ceremonial homage to the emperors. (3) At the beginning of the Kamakura era, three schools of Buddhism imported from China flourished in Japan—the Tendai, the Shingon, and the Pure Land. Dosho’s Hosso sect had lost influence on the islands. The Tendai School is considered the first wholly Chinese School of Buddhism.
Local war-lords (Daimyo) arose whose power rested in the fealty of the new warrior class of knights known as samurai. The warlords financed their armies by taxing the lower classes, which chose to pay taxes to them rather than to the imperial court because it was the local lords who were able to provide them some degree of protection. Conditions reached their nadir in 1050, which began —the Age of Degenerate Law, a dark epoch of epidemic, earthquake, fire, famine, banditry, and murder. The Fujiwara, to whom the imperial government had long since ceded its prestige, had been infected by their own decadence even as they attained the summit of their power.
Wu’s successors were traditional Confucianists who considered both Daoism (which had originated in China) and Buddhism (which they dismissed as a foreign teaching) to be disruptive elements in society. In 34 particular, the celibate life of monks and nuns in Buddhist monasteries was repugnant to Confucianists, who put great value on family life and social responsibility. They argued that the monks and nuns living in temples such as Shaolin were parasites who contributed nothing to society. An edict was passed banning these two traditions.
The Dragon King's Palace (Sano Ichiro, Book 8) by Laura Joh Rowland