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[Jap.,=belly-cutting], the traditional Japanese form of honorable suicide, also known by its Chinese equivalent, seppuku. It was practiced by the Japanese feudal warrior class in order to avoid falling into enemy hands.
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Even though seppuku was not enforced, indeed technically illegal in certain situations, its practice was nonetheless applauded by wider society.
Cuando Kawabata, su gran amigo y mentor, que se suicidaria poco tiempo despues del ya legendario seppuku de aquel, obtuvo el Premio Nobel de Literatura en 1968, su reaccion no fue de gozo, antes bien, protesto porque no le habia sido concedido al autor de la tetralogia El mar de la fertilidad .
At first, seppuku, ritual suicide, is suspected; then, murder.
She bravely puts herself in danger in a foreign land, at Taiko's court, confronting this leader and willingly making a demonstration and show of her defiance and potentially imminent seppuku only to prove a point.
of a Japanese family, by the traditional samurai disembowelment ritual called seppuku.
And when honor was compromised, a samurai warrior could right matters by committing seppuku, or ritual suicide.
It is not a socially sanctioned and compulsory act of Seppuku en masse.
Agent Ressler gives Bobby the seppuku knife and tell him to do the honourable thing.
Disgraced samurai put on flowing white robes to commit seppuku (i.
Keanu Reeves coasts through this epicSamurai adventure but does the film need to commit seppuku (hara-kiri), or doesit deserve the honour of wearing Samurai armour?
IF I HEAR OR READ one more American hack mentioning the word democracy where Egypt and the Middle East are concerned, I swear on Joe Biden's hair-implanted head that I shall go in front of the Capitol and commit seppuku, the Japanese warrior's way of leaving this life.