Seppuku is a ritual form of suicide that used to be practiced by members of the samurai class to show that they accepted responsibility for their actions. It is said to have its beginnings in the Heian Period, about one thousand years ago."NIPO-344", "2441297"
Seppuku means the ritual form of suicide that used to be practiced by members of the samurai class to show they accepted responsibility for their actions. It has its beginnings in the Heian Period, about one thousand years ago."NIPO-311", "2441297"
To avoid mishaps occurring during the act of seppuku and to cut short needless suffering, another person would be standing by to cut off the head of the person as soon as he had cut open his abdomen."NIPO-311", "2542166"
Hara-kiri was supposed to be an honorable way to die, and quite different from "uchi-kubi" （decapitation） which involved being arrested and executed in public.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 2007年8月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT250018", "2306963"
Hara-kiri was an honorable way to die according to the samurai spirit.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 2007年1月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT243022", "2306962"
The suicide of Mishima Yukio, the famous novelist, by seppuku in 1970 was an extremely exceptional case, and astonished even the Japanese."NIPO-344", "2507275"
The suicide of Yukio Mishima, the famous novelist, by seppuku in 1970 was an extremely exceptional case, and astonished even the Japanese."NIPO-311", "2507275"
One day, all of a sudden, Hideyoshi ordered Rikyu to commit hara-kiri.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 2006年4月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT234022", "2423524"
The reasons behind this order are still a mystery even now.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 2006年4月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT234022", "2501975"
Before completing unity, he was betrayed by one of his followers, Mitsuhide Akechi, and committed harakiri.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 1989年12月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT038012", "2265568"
Then under that tree he spread a white cloth, and divers coverings, and sat down upon the coverings, and performed hara-kiri after the fashion of a samurai.〔【出典】日英対訳文・対応付けデータ（独立行政法人情報通信研究機構）〕"_CHERR", "2514734"
Particularly well-known is disembowelment （harakiri）, which treated samurai honor importantly.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 1992年2月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT064025", "2429231"
In presentday Japan, of course, seppuku is not practiced either as a form of suicide or as a punishment."NIPO-311", "2363278"
In present day Japan, of course, seppuku is not practiced either as a form of suicide or as a form of punishment."NIPO-344", "2363275"
MISHIMA Yukio's "Patriotism" is the story of a lieutenant and his wife who committed hara-kiri during the coup that broke out in 1936 in Japan.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 2007年10月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT252008", "2397098"
Unfortunately, any kind of violence in the shogun's castle was strictly forbidden, and Asano was ordered to commit suicide."MB003579", "2548021"
The retainers whose entrenched interests would be lost as a result of his cutbacks brought him a fierce backlash, but Yozan did not hold back and harshly punished those who opposed him, even forcing some to commit hara-kiri.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 2008年12月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT266014", "2503258"
Ieyasu tearfully let his son commit harakiri.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 2009年 3月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT269025", "2347929"
In situations where official servants had been unfaithful to their lords or establishment but still exhibited something that deserved honor, they were ordered to commit hara-kiri.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 2007年8月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT250018", "2363884"
Although Shogun TOKUGAWA Tsunayoshi was deeply moved by their loyalty, he ordered them to commit hara-kiri, in order to maintain the Bushi （samurai） system.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 2007年1月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT243022", "2241820"
Kira was not wounded deeply, but Asano had to commit ritual suicide （seppuku） and the Asano family was destroyed.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 1996年11月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT121092", "2391950"
Fortunately, the high official was only slightly injured, but the lord was caught and forced to commit hara-kiri （cutting one's belly; otherwise called "seppuku"） and his castle was taken over.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 2005年1月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT219017", "2301496"
In his case, Hirota did not commit hara-kiri, but the manner of his acceptance of his coming death had a similar essence.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 2007年8月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT250018", "2361475"
The incident was applauded by the citizens as a model of samurai who respect loyalty, but the shogun, who was afraid the incident might create disorder in the samurai society, made a very bold decision and ordered all the subordinates to commit hara-kiri.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 2005年1月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT219017", "2488796"
To samurai, dismissal is similar to decapitation, while retirement is more like hara-kiri （ritual suicide）, in which one remains honorable by taking one's own life by one's own hand.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 2010年4月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT282017", "2543523"
Dying an honorable death was also of great importance to warriors who practiced seppuku, the ritual form of suicide done by cutting one's own belly open when taking responsibility for one's own actions or to punish oneself."A0000320", "2289021"
Bushido and Seppuku"A0000320", "2268724"
In the Edo Era seppuku became the mode of capital punishment for members of the samurai class."NIPO-311", "2364624"
In feudal times warriors used to respect the abdomen because it was considered to be the receptacle of the spirit, so when they assumed responsibility as warriors for some action or course of conduct and had to die, they would cut open their abdomen."NIPO-344", "2361201"
As a result, Asano was ordered by the Shogunate to commit hara-kiri on the day, and subsequently the domain of Akou was extinguished, while Kira was not accused at all.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 2007年1月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT243022", "2255678"
SEN no Rikyu, known as the founder of the tea ceremony, was unexpectedly ordered to commit hara-kiri for an absurd reason by TOYOTOMI Hideyoshi, who was one of his close friends and ruler of Japan.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 2007年8月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT250018", "2439321"