Kurenai the Crimson
a short story
A beautiful geisha, a former ninja, and a young Christian woman cross paths in the woods of the Island of Kyushu, Japan, in 1865.
Travel back in time to 1865 and the lush island of Kyushu in southern Japan.
Here you will meet Kurenai, a highly sought-after geisha; Jin, a renounced
ninja desperate to escape his former warrior brothers; and Rutu, a young
Christian woman desperate to keep her faith—even if it means losing her
Acclaimed Japanese author Hana da Yumiko takes readers on a journey into a fascinating time in Japanese history, where feudalism is on the cusp of falling to the modern Meiji government.
Caught in the crosshairs of history and destiny, Kurenai, Rutu, and Jin will struggle to maintain their identities in the midst of extraordinary personal and societal upheaval. Defying cultural expectations and pressures, each of them must make decisions about their future that could ultimately cost them their life.
Library of Congress Control Number:2015908456
genre: historical fiction
5x8.2 inch (12.8x20.3cm), black & white
Septmber 20, 2015
link to Ringer House:Ringer in this story is mixed with the Walker family.
link to Walker House:Visiting these houses in Nagasaki inspired me to write.
link to Glover House:Glover is the 27 year old Scot in this story.
link to Verny Park:he also inspired me to write.
Isolated Connected Kyushu Island
This half-fiction takes readers through three generations of one family as a country experiences the drastic change from the samurai age to militarism and, eventually, to democracy. Author Hana da Yumiko begins the by expressing her gratitude to people in Christianity-originating societies with their long history, who raised and conveyed to her the legacy of freedom and democracy she describes in Isolated Connected Kyushu Island. Although Yumiko was born in 1964 to a poor family, she took human rights and equality for granted and believed she could achieve her dreams and have a school education like boys. Travel all the way from the Medieval period to modern times in this family history-turned-novel.
A journey to freedom for people touched by legends, communism, and the modern West
This book of historical fiction reaches from World War II to the early years of the twenty-first century, telling a family’s dramatic story of life on Japan’s Kyushu Island
“Yes, Father. After Germany beat France in 1871, a German, Jacob Meckel,
was invited to Tokyo in 1885. He was the key person in the Franco-Prussian
War. During his three-year stay, he trained army leaders. His students
led our country in beating the Qing Dynasty China in 1894, the Russian
Empire in 1904, and the World War in 19144.”
“Huh,” Shiro sighed. “Germany was our enemy in the 1914 War. I remember. The, Ja— Jac—”
“Ya. Did the German know he created his own enemy in the end?” Shiro was surprised.
“He had died before the two governments separated. And it was a German who made the melody for our national anthem. It was Franz Eckert who had studied our traditional music for years in Tokyo and Kyoto. And he adjusted our old style to the European do-re-mi scale. An anthem was needed for international ceremonies.”
One of the new leaders, Ito Hirohumi, invited German diplomat Ottmar von
Mohl, the kaiser’s chamberlain. When the sophisticated European landed
on the east end, he found the court had already shifted from traditional
clothes to Western-style clothes. He was disappointed about that, but he
gave advice, what European Courts were for his stay for two years.
To stand aloof from both camps, one new leader asked the advice of Hermann
Roesler, Lorenz von Stein, and other German lawyers.
Lorenz von Stein wrote that Nihon was one of the Asian countries that had no basic principle of law or human rights.
It’s proper. Hisaharu thought that the origin of their legal system was Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The Book is their culture, not Asians’.
The lack of the basic principle is—Hisaharu was connecting the dots—the reason why both constitutions, the former one and the new one, were made by Westerners. The first one was effected by Germans in the end of the nineteenth century, and the new one was made by Americans in the middle of twentieth century.
“Immanuel Kant was against colonization.
He wrote so in his Zum ewigen Frieden,” Ken said, checking Muneki’s reactions. “Kant referred to us in that. He had read the report of Engelbert Kaempfer, who visited our capital in 1691 along with Dutch traders.”
“You have knowledge but don’t seem to be of the upper class. You’re just a private.”
“I’m a peasant, but a temple master led me to read Karl August von Hase’s book. You’d be interested in it. The German wrote about Xavier. Xavier, or, Xaver, found our country had both kaiser and geistlicher monarchs. The kaiser was the shogun, and the geistlicher monarch was the O-Kimi.”
“O-Kimi is the living god.”
“The Jesuits described our Buddhism as the Devil mimicking Christianity. Glocken, Rosenkranze, Colibat, Monchthum, and Hierarchie.”
References: Aizawa, Keiichi(University of Tsukuba) and Zöllner, Reinhard(University of Bonn). Mainichi German (Tokyo, NHK Shuppan, 2011 )
Douglas MacArthur found the country his government once tried to ruin “a
feudal society, of the type discarded by Western nations some four centuries
ago. There were aspects of their life that went even farther back than
that.” He decided “to bring into the political, economic, and spiritual
vacuum concepts of honor, justice, and compassion. The Soviets had already
started to bring their communism into the vacuum.”
MacArthur recalled the days in the west bank of the Rhine at the end of World War I and etched words in his mind.
History teaches that military occupation breeds new wars of the future. This country had become the world’s great laboratory for an experiment in the liberation of a people from totalitarian military rule and for the liberalization of government from within. This experiment must go far beyond the primary purpose of the Allies—the destruction of its ability to wage another war and the punishment of war criminals.
References: MacArthur, Douglas. Reminiscences. (Annapolis, Naval Institute Press, 2001) written in 1964
ISBN: 978-1-4908-6338-2 (softcover)
ISBN: 978-1-4908-6339-9 (hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1-4908-6337-5 (ebook)
Library of Congress Control Number:2014922146
publisher: WestBow Press
genre: historical fiction
word count: 99,524
page count: 384
6x9 inch (15.24x22.86cm), black & white
January 24, 2015
rice straw shoes her parents generation used in their childhood
Hana's father's house, at Munakata, north KyushuーThis is the place my story begins. #1945
Hana da Yumiko, born into a poor, rural family, grew up hearing her family’s stories. Taking that legacy for granted, she believed she could cultivate her dreams, bringing them to fruition by obtaining an education. This book forms her grateful homage to the legacy of freedom she inherited.
Hana's mother says, "At the age 7, girls were separated in school and our classes were to be a goodwife. Majority of girls had to leave school at the age 12."