Fast forward to March 14, 14th year of Genroku era, Takumi Asano, the lord of the Ako domain, slashed Kira Kaminosuke, a high ranking member of the shogunate, in the hallway of Edo Castle. Kira did not die, but the assailant, Asano, committed seppuku and lost his family. In the first place, Asano's actions were due to his inability to endure Kira's harassment, but Kira himself had no remorse at all. Dissatisfied with this, forty-seven Ako samurai, including Kuranosuke Ōishi, the chief retainer of the Ako domain, raided the Kira residence on December 14, 15th year of Genroku the following year, and successfully beheaded him. This is what the world calls the Ako Incident.
Today's poem is a couple of poems written by Gengo Otaka, one of the 47 samurai, and the haiku master Kisaku Takarai, written the day before the invasion, from the Ako Gishiden. Kikaku and Gengo are haiku friends, and the story is about finding Gengo disguised on Ryogoku Bridge in the snow, and Kikaku calls out for a haiku, which Gengo responds with. In the story, after the two break up, Kikkaku reads the meaning of Gengo's haiku ``Tomorrow's treasure ship'' and learns about the raid on the Kira mansion the next day, and it is one of the highlights of the story.
By the way, when I was a child, Ako Gishiden, or Chushingura, was a year-end tradition that I would always see on TV and in movies, but sadly it has faded into oblivion now. Tomorrow is December 14th, the day of the raid, and this year I'll be happy to hear the victory cry of the Ako Ronin.
Learn the basics of waka poetry and try reciting it!
We are holding a "Utajuku" with the goal of learning from representative classical works and being able to compose traditional "Waka" on an individual basis!