For a long time now, I've been interested in the concept of reincarnation and past lives, as are some of my friends. With the help of some of them, I've gotten information about some of my past lives, an important one named Kosuke, a minor samurai lord who lived in sixteenth century Japan. Based upon that, I wrote a short story for a creative writing class. Much of it is invention or very loosely based on actual events (most of the nameless narrator's scenes), but the "past lives" scenes just flowed. Some parts of those I would get stuck on, and just sit and meditate a bit, and then words that "felt right" would come, needing very little coaxing. I thought this was very interesting.....and the more I read up on recovering past life memories, the more I saw the merit in creative writing being a channel for them. So I wondered what would happen if Kosuke had a journal of his own....What would come out? I know the name, time, place, and some specific memories, so I have a starting point to use. It's also an excuse to do some creative writing as well, which I enjoy doing, I just need a kick in the butt. (:
If you're not down with the reincarnation angle and think it's a bunch of crap, it might help if you just read it as complete fiction, or as an alternate reality Japan. Please note that I have made no formal studies about that time period, or about Japan in general. A lot of the info I've gotten comes from Japanophile friends of mine. So any inaccuracies (either cultural, historical, linguistic, etc) are entirely my fault. I view this as an excercise and an experiment. I'll be having fun with this, trying not to freak out about making it accurate, and relying on intuition and stream of consciousness to see what comes out.
I'll try to update three times a week, but two seems more realistic and more likely to happen. I'm interested to see where this goes, as I've got no plans or outlines. (I'm planning on making the site more pretty as well.) So, without further ado, here's the first entry to Swords, Sake, and Women.