Speaking Japanese-The Fifth Night 1


The Fifth Night

Love in the Age of the Samurai

It is ancient times. A defeated samurai is hauled before the enemy leader. Refusing to capitulate he is sentenced to death, but makes a last request: that he be allowed to bid his lover farewell. The leader agrees to the request, provided that she can reach him by dawn. As the lover gallops towards them, a devil imitates the sound of a cock crowing. In shock, she tugs on the reins. The horse rears up and plunges into a ravine together with its rider.

The audio (05:45) is read by Ken Yoshizawa.

Speaking Japanese-The Fifth Night 1

© Tetsuji Iwaki