Quotes / The 47 Ronin

"It is questionable whether the 47 Rōnin did anything for contemporary Japan except provide her with endless plots for plays and stories, and to demonstrate how primitive Japan was when compared with the outside world."
S.R. Turnbull, The Samurai: A Military History

"Concerning the night assault of Lord Asano's ronin, the fact that they did not commit seppuku at the Sengakuji was an error, for there was a long delay between the time their lord was struck down and the time when they struck down the enemy. If Lord Kira had died of illness within that period, it would have been extremely regrettable."
Tsunetomo Yamamoto in The Hagakure, trans. William Scott Wilson