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Thoughts on Tokugawa’s Kabō Campaign

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Recently, Clan Tokugawa opened a new front in its war: A direct attack on the Kao-no-Hon gumi“group”Japanese for “group”; can refer to anything from a “five-person group” (a common work-unit in Japanese corporations) up to an entire branch of the Yakuza such as the Yamaguchi-gumi.. This is not the first time they’ve tried to invade Hikone; there was their Būn attack last year, and their Nami initiative. But Būn was a disharmonious and ill-considered plan that aroused even the Emperorthe US government, specifically the Federal Trade Commission, who hit them with some heavy penaltiesthe US government, specifically the Federal Trade Commission, who hit them with some heavy penalties — see’s displeasure, and Nami more of a curiosity than anything else. I’m sure Lord Satōyama, who rules the Kao-no-Hon, was laughing at both of those failures.

I do not think he is laughing now. The new Kabō Campaign promises to cause major trouble for the Kao-no-Hon gumi. Practically everyone in Kansai is talking about it; at least everyone who cares about the eternal war.

I am wondering… should I join this fray? I already ensure that these messages of mine are sent to Yumehaba; perhaps there might be some way to also send dispatches to the front lines of this new battle in Hikone? But I fear there is no way I could include the explanatory text that is so useful to so many people. Without those explanations, I think most people would be too confused by the life of a ninja.

Why No Yakuza?

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

In case you were wondering why there are never any Yakuza in my stories, the answer is simple: They weren’t around yet.

In general, underworld organizations require there to be a central government that embodies the “normal” world — which the “underworld” generally preys on. But the Sengoku Jidai was defined by the complete breakdown of any semblance of central authority. There was no shōgun. The country was in chaos. (more…)