Musui's Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai Setting & Symbolism

Katsu Kokichi
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Aburahori section of Fukugawa

The Aburahori section of Fukugawa is Musui's first childhood home. It is here where Musui gets into his first trouble, muddying the ornamental pond by swimming in it.

Edo

Edo (later Tokyo) is the largest city in Japan, and the one in which Musui spends most of his adult life.

Yoshiwara

Yoshiwara is Edo's pleasure district, where men can find such recreational activities as drinking, smoking, prostitution, and seeing shows like puppet theater and chantings. Musui spends a lot of time and money in this district.

The House Cage

Because of his amorality, Musui's father imprisons Musui for a period of three years in a cage constructed in Musui's own house. Musui learns to read and write during this imprisonment. Later, Musui's older brothers build another cage to jail Musui, but Musui manages to guilt his family out of going through with the imprisonment...

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