January 08, 2006

Part 7 (A Thousand Leagues of Wind)


Technically, a duchy is the territory ruled by a duke or duchess. I decided on "duchy" because it is essentially the same system that supports Prince Edward:

Since the 14th century the [Duchy of Cornwall's] main purpose has been to provide an income, independent of the Monarch, for the heir apparent. That income covers the cost of the public and private life of the current Duke, The Prince of Wales. Neither he nor his sons receive an allowance from the Civil List. When there is no male heir, the Duchy reverts to the Monarch, and its income to the Exchequer.

The tax system described here follows the same logic as that of the hamlet (chapter 25). In a hamlet, nine allotments are farmed by eight families, with the ninth being assessed as tax. Similarly, there are nine provinces in a kingdom, with one (the capital province), being partitioned (enfoeffed) and taxed to support the imperial civil service. And within each province, the capital district is partitioned and taxed to support the provincial civil service.

During the Tokugawa Era, chief constables were known as Oometsuke (大目付). They remain the favorite subject of period crime dramas such as Dora Heita, in which the inspector infiltrates a corrupt town and ferrets out the wrongdoers, usually resulting in a climactic sword fight at the end and the revelation of the inspector's true identity.

封領 [ふうりょう] fuuryou, or duchy
和州 [わしゅう] Wa Province 
呀峰 [がほう] Gahou, lit. "bared teeth peak"
大司馬 [だいしば] Daishiba, head of the Ministry of Summer

驃騎 [ひょうき] Hyouki, a panther-like youma, one of Keiki's shirei; he first appears in chapter 5 of Shadow of the Moon.

冗祐 [じょうゆう] Jouyuu, the warrior spirit that dwells inside Youko and helps her fight; he first possesses Youko in chapter 6 of Shadow of the Moon.

遁甲 [とんこう] tonkou, the way shirei can move through the winds in the sky, through the veins in the earth, and through the currents in the water, while remaining hidden from view; a similar term, 遁術 (tonjutsu), is defined as the "art of ninja escape."

畳 [じょう] jou, a counter for tatami mats, each a little less than three feet by six feet (85 cm x 179 cm); real estate listings still use the jou as the standard measurement of room area. A 3 jou room is 4.6 square meters ; a 4.5 jou room is 6.9 square meters.

Chapter 29

高岫山 [こうしゅうさん] Mt. Koushuu
呉港 [ごと] Port of Goto

Chapter 30

背亨 [はいきょう] Haikyou, port city in Ryuu
すう虞 [すうぐ] suugu, a tiger-like flying youma
張精 [ちょうせい] Chou Sei, Rakushun's formal name; "Rakushun" is thus his azana

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# posted by Anonymous Anonymous
Can I suggest "fief", instead, a duchy being a special case of a fief.
7/17/2007 5:42 PM