Takasebune: Part 2
Takasebune (The Takase Boat) is a historical fiction written by Ogai Mori, an influential figure in Japanese literature who was active about 100 years ago. This is the second half of our look at the story. It is set around the end of the 18th century during the Edo period, when a clear-cut class system existed in Japan. A criminal named Kisuke is on the boat together with his escort officer. The low-ranking samurai official, Shō-bée Haneda, is deeply impressed with Kisuke's calmness. Haneda even gets the impression that he is a man of integrity, and cannot help asking why he was charged with killing his younger brother. Kisuke begins to reveal the details about the incident in a quiet voice. (This program was broadcast on April 27, 2019.)