By Dale Furutani

Matsuyama Kaze is a "ronin," a jap knight errant. Kaze needs to commute throughout Japan until eventually he fulfills a promise made to his death Lord and girl -- to discover their nine-year-old daughter. As this masterless samurai searches the nation-state, he's stuck up in a chain of mysteries that try out his power and talents in addition to his Confucian training.

Kaze stumbles upon a corpse shot with an arrow on the crossroads resulting in a small city. He turns into embroiled with an not likely -- and untrustworthy -- forged of characters, who're as colourful as they're artful. each one has secrets and techniques to maintain and axes to grind, and it'll take all of Kaze's subtlety, stealth, and Samurai abilities to resolve the secret and unmask the killer.

Richly atmospheric, jam-packed with traditionally exact element, Death on the Crossroads conjures up the area of long-ago Japan and the customarily lonely lifetime of an honor-bound warrior. it is a spellbinding, deeply pleasing secret that might go away readers hungry for the following bankruptcy in Matsuyama Kaze's trip of adventure.

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During this house, status by myself, used to be a Noh dancer. The dancer wore a wealthy kimono of purple and gold. The pink silk was once embroidered with a trend of golden maple leaves, tumbling from one shoulder and fluttering their solution to the kimono’s hem. Stepping via this dry autumn bathe, a brown embroidered doe lightly peeked from the again of the kimono to the flank of the dancer, having a look approximately warily with extensive eyes. The lushness of the kimono’s colour used to be what Kaze had noticed throughout the timber. at the face of the dancer was once a ko-omote, the conventional masks of a maiden: oval, serene, painted white with pink lips and excessive, expressive eyebrows. The masks was once surmounted by way of a black wig with lengthy, lustrous human hair pulled again right into a bun, including to the semblance that the Noh dancer, who was once a guy, was once quite a girl. The dancer moved with gradual grace, his hobbies managed and stylized. Kaze, who had now not noticeable Noh for a few years, used to be entranced. Noh used to be half dance, half drama, and half track. within the silent functionality being pantomimed earlier than him, the track and stylized making a song and speech of the Noh ensemble have been lacking, however the grace of the dancer remained. He was once relocating in an exact, measured triangle, and Kaze learned that it was once Dojoji, a Noh play a few commitment rite for a wide bronze bell at Dojoji temple. a fascinating woman shirabyoshi dancer climbs the mountain to the temple, in basic terms to be printed as a vengeful spirit who turns herself right into a scary serpent while trapped below the bell by means of the monks of the temple. It’s a incredible functionality, with a fancy dress switch for the relevant dancer whilst hidden within the bell, metamorphosing from the gowns and masks of the maiden to the glittering gown and fearsome masks of the serpent. The dancer walked in the course of the small triangle repeatedly, various the stroll by way of small levels. It was once the a part of the play the place the dancer makes the lengthy climb up the mountain to the temple, a component that extends for plenty of mins within the real functionality. the following the precision and ability of the dancer was once taxed to maintain the motion attention-grabbing to the viewers, and Kaze used to be extremely joyful by means of the finesse proven because the dancer made small adaptations in those it sounds as if repetitious pursuits. whilst the dancer was once performed, he straightened up, and Kaze learned that this was once only a perform and that the entire Noh wouldn't be danced. nonetheless, the ability proven was once remarkable, and Kaze stepped into the clearing and stated, “Superb! i haven't noticeable Dojoji danced higher. ” The dancer stiffened and became in Kaze’s path. “Excuse me,” Kaze stated. “I don't desire to disturb your privateness, yet I couldn’t cease myself from praising your ability at Noh. ” Kaze made a deep, formal bow to the dancer. with out responding with phrases, the dancer gave Kaze an both formal bow, however it was once performed with a grace that made Kaze think thick and awkward. “Thank you for the excitement of your dancing,” Kaze stated. He rotated and made his as far back as the trail. with out in retrospect, Kaze all started down the line back.

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