Stories with Furigana by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, , (In a Grove, Nose, Spider’s Thread, Hell Screen, Autumn Mountain). Author Ryūnosuke Akutagawa’s complete list of books and series in order, with the latest releases, Akutagawa Ryunosuke’s picture ‘Autumn Mountain’. Autumn Mountain (秋山図 Shuzanzu) is a short story by Japanese writer Ryūnosuke Akutagawa. Akutagawa first published the story when he was.

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This is nonfiction commentary. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher’s book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Akira Kurosawa used this story as the basis for his award-winning movie Rashmon. It presents seven varying accounts of akutagxwa murder of a samurai, Kanazawa no Takehiro, whose corpse has been found in a bamboo forest near Kyoto.

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Each section simultaneously clarifies and obfuscates what the reader knows about the murder, eventually creating a complex and contradictory vision of events that brings into question humanity’s ability or willingness to perceive and transmit objective truth.

The story is often praised as being among the mountaiin in Japanese literature.


The story opens with the account of a woodcutter who has found a man’s body in the woods. The woodcutter reports that man kautagawa of a single sword slash to the chest, and that the trampled leaves around the body showed there had been a violent struggle, but otherwise lacked any significant evidence as to what actually happened.

There were no weapons nearby, and no horsesonly a single piece of rope, a comb and a lot of blood. The next account is delivered by a traveling Buddhist priest. He says that he met the man, who was accompanied by a woman on horseback, on the road, around noon the day before the murder. The man was carrying a sword, a bow and a black quiver.

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He pretends to ignore his nose in fear it will be mentioned, and studies religious texts in a desperate attempt to find a person with a nose like his. When in private, he constantly checks his nose in a mirror, hoping for even the smallest amount of shrinkage. The disciple first boils the nose, then stomps on it, finally removing mountakn beads of fat the treatment extracts from the nose. He is surprised, however, to find the people he encounters laughing at him far more openly than they had before.

Naigu becomes bitter and harsh, to the point where one disciple proclaims: People continue to laugh at Naigu for his vanity, until one day, Naigu wakes up, and to his relief and rejoicing, his nose has returned to its original length Jun 24, David Goshadze added it.


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