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5 April 2021 (Easter Monday) 2021 A Dish Best Served Cold: the AkÅ Incident and the Forty-seven RÅnâ€‹ in Russell Kelty Of all the spectacular tales of loyalty, revenge and death none resonates more profoundly than the AkÅ incident (AkÅ RÅshi) (1701â€“03), more commonly known as the revenge of the 47 rÅnin.
The AkÅ incident took place during the â€˜golden ageâ€™ of the Edo period, known as the Genroku era (1688â€“1704), when a century of peace fostered a blossoming of art and culture.
It also marked the transition of the samurai from their primary function as warriors to bureaucrats and administrators of regional domains. Tantalising aspects of the incident immediately inspired fictionalised accounts on the puppet (bunraku, jÅruri) and kabuki stages in Edo, Kyoto and Osaka, the most famous of which, Treasury of Loyal Retainers (Kanadenhon ChÅ«shingura) is one of the most popular plays of all times...