Publication Year: 2003
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
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1. Ronin of Rashomon Gate
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The Atomic Bomb Dome is my Rashomon. Come closer to the stone, over here, out of the rain. You are the first person to visit me in these ruins. This is my unearthly haven in the remains of the first nuclear war. Only the dead rush their...
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Ronin Ainoko Browne beat on my door at the Hotel Manidoo in Nogales, Arizona. There was no cause to answer because the sign in the lobby made it perfectly clear that the residents of the hotel were never at home to strangers...
2. Ronin of the Imperial Moat
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Ronin is my name, as you know, and he has no parents to bear his stories, no memorable contours, creases, or manner of silence at night.My name is wild, a nuclear orphan, a samurai warrior without a master to exact my...
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Ronin is the invincible samurai of his marvelous stories, the eternal teaser with a vacant smile, a simulated death pose. By his account he has been dead and buried seventeen times in the past decade...
3. Ronin of Sagami Bay
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The sword was mine, a natural, driftwood bounty shaped by steady ocean currents to fit my tiny hands. I raised that sword over my head, slowly turned about to my shadow, and practiced the cuts, thrusts, and blocks...
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Sumo is a nickname for Miki Sawada, the resolute founder of the Elizabeth Saunders Home. Mifune gave her that name because of the way she rescued orphans and raised money. She was clever, prudent, and steadfast in that sacred ring of tradition...
4. Ronin of the Peace Park
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Atomu 57 on my calendar of fake peace. This is my promissory time, eight fifteen, my gate of giveaway souls , and my rites of passage in the ruins of the Atomic Bomb Dome. Remember the abundant reign of the emperor...
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Ronin created these stories in Atomu 57. He established an original measure of time in the ruins, an ingenious calendar to count the years since the first simulated nuclear peace, August 6, 1945. The Atomu calendar...
5. Ronin of the Inu Shrine
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Virga was at the peace fires last week,but she never came near me. I watched her circle the pond,an elusive shadow near the monuments. Later,she waited for me at the shrine near the koban, always at escape...
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Shinto is a native persuasion and an active animistic religion. The participants celebrate nature, honor their ancestors, and, for a time, surrendered to a fascistic emperor. The kami, or the spirits of a vast, eternal nature...
6. Ronin of the Black Rain
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That radiant woman orders an almond kuchen dessert and a pot of green tea every morning. She sits at the same small table near the window, cuts the cake into precise pieces, raises the china teacup with both hands...
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Ronin is the tricky master of the ruins, the baseborn, hafu ronin of an empire war, the occupation, nuclear memories, and the eternal ghost parades in Hiroshima. He rants about the rain, black rain...
7. Ronin of the Origami Cranes
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Margarito Real and two other men were seated at a table near the window of the restaurant at the Ana Hotel Hiroshima. Real, a feral storier, waved and turned his hands, an oral punctuation and diversion, and with each gesture...
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Miko is an artist, a kami street shaman, but not a storier. She is a brilliant visionary watercolor painter, as you know, but her stories are lame and mundane. Ronin was so aroused...
8. Ronin of the Invisible Tattoos
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Miko wore a tattoo on the back of her shoulder, a muted morning glory. The choice blue blossom was almost closed, captured late in the day. She turned to show me that tattoo on the park bench, but we were interrupted...
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Ronin is the tattoo teaser of his own stories, the crucial native creator of aesthetic, erotic pain in the atomu ruins. Horiatomu, his signature as a tattooer, incised a giant, invisible chrysanthemum on the back of a...
9. Ronin of the Ainu Bears
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The Atomic Bomb Dome, as you know, is my Rashomon. My kabuki haven,my kami gate in the ruins. Oshima came out of the rain, the memories of black rain, the waves of atomu poison, and we have lived here since the start...
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Ronin read the screenplay several times but said he never saw Hiroshima Mon Amour. The only movies he ever talked about were those directed by Akira Kurosawa. Rashomon, of course, and samurai stories were his favorites...
10. Ronin of Yasukuni Jinja
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Sergeant Orion Browne, my father, was an interpreter, as you know, for General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers in Japan. Shortly after the first occupation soldiers arrived my father visited...
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Ronin is an atomu warrior of the ruins, a roamer of shrines, peace parks, and museums, and, as you know, he is an inspired native contrary. His teases and word cuts are an original kabuki style, and he forever maddens the silky posers, sacred and otherwise...
11. Ronin of the Ginza
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The actual war museum is located east of the main shrine of Yasukuni Jinja. The kaiten, or suicide submarine, is mounted on a pedestal, a merciless memorial to the kamikaze sailors who became human torpedoes. The restored tanks and...
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Ronin and Bogart became the mobile music men of the Ginza and Hibiya Park. Their unusual union, a bushido veteran with poor vision and the hafu son of an interpreter with the occupation, was reported on television...
12. Ronin of Matsue
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Curry was undercover in my shoulder bag. My loyal envoy wisely remained hidden and silent on the train, although twice he sneezed, clearly not a human sound. I covered my mouth, smiled, and pretended to blow my nose...
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Matsue is one of the oldest cities in Japan. The city was built on a peninsula, developed a singular, historical culture, and in the eighth century became the capital of Izumo on the Sea of Japan. This new province was later overcome...
13. Ronin of Lafcadio Hearn
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Oshima continued his stories at the museum residence that night. His miseries were overcome by humor and the honor of memorable stories. The chrysanthemums at the leprosarium are his most wretched memories...
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Ronin is a hafu native speaker of Japanese. He understood a hesitant manner, the hint and tease of the language, but, other than a few common words, he refused to speak Japanese. English is his sense of presence, resistance...
Publication Year: 2003
Series Title: Native Storiers: A Series of American Narratives