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Japanese Historical Fiction

Unread postby Molokidan » Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:40 am

Hey all. Since I hate writing research papers, I opted to translate a book instead for my graduation "thesis." I'll be graduated in just another month, and I'm almost finished with the book, which I've been uploading online (in a rough draft form) since I started working on it around new year's. If you're interested in samurai action, historical fiction, political intrigue/drama, etc, you might like it. Or you might not! But I figured I might as well post it here to get some more input. I have a translation of a manga that will be published in an anthology this fall, so if all goes well, I hope to get this translation published (eventually). I think it'd really sell.

"Moe Yo Ken" -- the samurai epic chronicling the life of Hijikata Toshizou, the Vice-Captain of the Shinsengumi in the last days of the Tokugawa Period.

This book is full of romance, epic duels, and lots of history concerning the Bakumatsu, so if any of that is of interest to you, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Also, this book does not pull its punches, so be prepared for a darker, grittier Japan than you might be used to. Here's a sample from the first chapter:

As he made his way out of the main town, an acquaintance called out to him from the fields.
"Hey, Toshi, where are you going?"
He didn't answer, though.
It's not like he could say that he was going to rape a woman.
Tonight was the Rokusha Myoujin Ceremony. In more colloquial terms, it was known as the Darkness Festival.
Toshizou's mission tonight was to take advantage of the darkness during the festival and sneak in. There, he would strip off the kimono of one of the girls visiting the shrine, push her down, and violate her. Then, he would take off his own yukata and lay it across the grass, moist with evening dew, to keep the woman from getting wet as she slept. The reason he was wearing a judo gi was for preparation in case a fight broke out between any male companions.
Toshizou wasn't the only criminal.
That was the nature of the festival.

The story is located here: "http://moeyoken.blogspot.com." I've been working on it rather feverishly lately.
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Re: Japanese Historical Fiction

Unread postby BrainWalker » Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:21 pm

I need to get this to Pervy ASAP.
Anime is kind of like fish in that it is better the less "fishy" it is.

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