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By Shuichi Kato

A brand new simplified variation translated by way of Don Sanderson. the unique three-volume paintings, first released in 1979, has been revised in particular as a unmarried quantity paperback which concentrates at the improvement of eastern literature.

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Two years later in 1841 he killed himself. According to the short letter he left, addressed to Chinzan, his suicide was prompted by the violent reaction of some of the members of the domain which was beginning to threaten the position of the lord. There are two short works about the group's imprisonment, both by Choei: Wasuregatami (Memento), otherwise known as Tori no nakane (Birdsong, 1839) and Bansai soyaku shOki (A Short Account of the Misfortunes of the Society to Study the Barbarians, 1841).

The descriptive technique too is far more concise than that used in ninjobon novels. Seiken' s Records of Edo describes more than the pleasure quarters, however. In it we can read about sumo wrestling, the Ryogoku fireworks and the Nihonbashi fish market, about fortune-tellers, lady hairdressers, gallants, shops and schools. There is almost no part of Edo life it does not touch upon, and always with humour, mockery and satire. Sometimes the POETRY AND PROSE IN CHINESE 37 humour is barbed, especially when Seiken attacks Confucianists.

Seishisai's later work Jimusaku (Policies for the Times) of 1862, eight years after the Japan-America Friendship Treaty, supports trade with foreign countries. In 1837 Fujita Toko prepared the first draft of Nariaki's account of the work of the institute he had established for the formulation of the Mito political ideology, K6d6kanki (Records of the Kodokan), and, during a period of enforced idleness and house-arrest (following Nariaki's resignation and house-arrest), wrote a volume of personal reminiscence, Kaitenshishi (1844), and later Seiki no uta (Song of the Great Spirit, 1845) and Kodokan kijutsugi (Essential Records of the Kodokan, 184647).

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