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KUNIYOSHI: The Faithful Samurai, by David R. Weinberg. Translations and essay by Alfred H. Marks. Foreword by B.W. Robinson. Leiden: Hotei Publishing, 2000. 192 pp., map, pictures, color plates, 12,000 yen.

In 1701, one of the feudal lords in attendance to the shogun in the Edo castle was called upon to take part in a formal ceremony. He was to have been instructed by the chief chamberlain, who, perhaps dissatisfied with his tip, insulted the lord he should have been teaching. This resulted in the drawing of weapons in the castle, a proscribed act and the forced suicide of the unfortunate lord.

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