Kastel Awan Burung Gereja

Kastel Awan Burung Gereja

Pengetahuan bisa menghambat.Ketidaktahuan justru membebaskan.Tahu kapan untuk tahu dan kapan untuk tak tahu,sama pentingnya dengan pedang yang tajam.Suzume-no-Kumo (1434)Apakah kemampuan mengetahui masa depan bisa menguntungkan, atau justru membawa malapetaka? Mampukah pengetahuan seperti itu melahirkan seorang samurai sejati, yang tabu mengeluh ketika mengalami siksaan fi...

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Title:Kastel Awan Burung Gereja
Author:Takashi Matsuoka
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Edition Language:Indonesian

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  • Weni

    Dibaca ulang, dalam rangka nggak ada bacaan hehe dan ceritanya juga udah agak lupa.

    Buku ini menceritakan kisah hidup Daimyo (bangsawan agung) Akaoka yang bernama Okumichi Genji. Genji digambarkan sebagai laki2 muda yang tampan namun sering diremehkan karena penampilannya tidak seperti samurai sejati. Dikatai terlalu lunak, pesolek, dll. Belum lagi pemikirannya yang sering 'berbeda'. Yang paling membuat gerah adalah sikapnya terhadap orang2 asing yang datang ke Jepang. Genji menerima para misiona

    Dibaca ulang, dalam rangka nggak ada bacaan hehe dan ceritanya juga udah agak lupa.

    Buku ini menceritakan kisah hidup Daimyo (bangsawan agung) Akaoka yang bernama Okumichi Genji. Genji digambarkan sebagai laki2 muda yang tampan namun sering diremehkan karena penampilannya tidak seperti samurai sejati. Dikatai terlalu lunak, pesolek, dll. Belum lagi pemikirannya yang sering 'berbeda'. Yang paling membuat gerah adalah sikapnya terhadap orang2 asing yang datang ke Jepang. Genji menerima para misionaris dari Amerika dengan tangan terbuka.

    Jika ada hal yang membuat Lord Genji disegani, itu karena ia dipercaya memiliki kemampuan meramal. Selalu ada 1 orang dalam setiap generasi Okumichi yang mempunyai kemampuan itu. Generasi sebelumnya adalah Lord Shigeru, paman Genji. Sebelumnya lagi, Lord Kiyori, kakek Genji. Lord Kiyori telah mati, sementara Shigeru sering menjadi gila karena 'penglihatan2' yang dialaminya. Padahal Shigeru adalah ahli pedang klan Akaoka yang kehebatannya (di buku ini) disebut2 setara dengan sang legenda, Miyamoto Musashi.

    Dalam perjalanannya, Genji menunjukkan bahwa dirinya memang layak menjadi junjungan klan Akaoka, pemimpin bagi para samurai yang setia padanya. Musuh bebuyutannya adalah Kawakami, kepala polisi rahasia Shogun Tokugawa, yang menyimpan dendam pada klan Akaoka sejak lama. Kawakami dibantu oleh Kuma, sang ninja, dan oleh 2 samurai yang berkhianat terhadap Genji.

    Tidak lengkap tentunya kisah hidup daimyo tanpa wanita. Ada 2 wanita dalam hidup Genji di buku pertama ini. Geisha paling cantik di Edo bernama Mayonaka no Heiko yang ternyata menyimpan rahasia dan seorang gadis misionaris asal Amerika bernama Emily Gibson.

    Saya suka buku ini. Sepertinya saya memang selalu tertarik dengan cerita2 berbau Jepang (terutama Jepang masa lalu) :D Cara bertutur Takashi Matsuoka tentang ribetnya aturan pada masa itu, atau tentang kebiasaan2 samurai sering mengundang senyum.

    Ketika Genji akan pergi menyambut orang asing, dia harus memakai pakaian lengkapnya yang berlapis2, lengkap dengan hiasan rambut yang rumit. Lalu dia harus membawa 2 buah pedang, wakizashi (pedang pendek) dan katana (pedang panjang), dipasangkan di ikat pinggangnya. Kendaraannya adalah joli dengan 4 penandu dan dikawal oleh 2 lusin samurai. Semua pelayan harus berbaris hingga ke gerbang mengiringi keberangkatannya.

    Lalu iring2an Genji tiba2 berhenti karena Genji ingin bercakap2 dengan Heiko. Para samurai barisan depan sudah berada di luar gerbang, sementara pasukan pengawal lainnya masih di halaman.

    Adegan lain ketika Shigeru telah membantai seluruh keluarga si pengkhianat dan menancapkan kepala mereka di tombak2 yg berjajar di depan gerbang. Heiko lalu memberi saran kepada Shigeru, karena Emily, si orang asing, jika akan bepergian tentunya melewati gerbang depan dan bisa2 pingsan melihat pagar kepala manusia.

    PS: atas usulan Nenangs, "hehe" saya hilangkan :))

  • LVLMLeah

    This was such a good book, but maybe not for the reasons most people will talk about. Yes, it is similar to

    and

    in scope, detail, and entertainment. And the writing is so evocative; so many details about Japanese culture during the pre-Meiji era that I get off on.

    For me though this wasn’t just a drama of that time period in Japan; it was more than that. I felt in some ways this was a very spiritual story. Author Takashi Matsuoka incorporates a lot of Zen Buddhist philoso

    This was such a good book, but maybe not for the reasons most people will talk about. Yes, it is similar to

    and

    in scope, detail, and entertainment. And the writing is so evocative; so many details about Japanese culture during the pre-Meiji era that I get off on.

    For me though this wasn’t just a drama of that time period in Japan; it was more than that. I felt in some ways this was a very spiritual story. Author Takashi Matsuoka incorporates a lot of Zen Buddhist philosophy that the samurai way of life embodied. I enjoyed this the most.

    Genji is a daimyo of a small clan. He comes from a direct line of daimyo that have the ability of pre-cognition. It’s well known amongst the clans that this is the case. I found it interesting how the author used this in conjunction with Zen Buddhism to show how Genji is able to lead and what drives him.

    Genji feeling that he has pre-cognition, does have visions as he was told he would. He’s told that a foreigner would save him from death so he keeps the missionaries he agrees to host close to him, to the distain of his people and the Shogun’s allies. His uncle Shigeru, who was the leader of the clan in the past, has literally gone mad from his visions of the future and is feared as a master samurai as well as someone who has lost it. Genji on the other hand, trusts implicitly his gut feelings and existence. He’s always calm even in the midst of his enemies. He defies his guard’s recommendations on his safety and I felt this kind of interesting. The concept of what will be will be and that it is karma was a theme throughout the story. And he manages in this mindset.

    One of the other things I enjoyed about this book was how the author shows how much ambiguity plays a role in the constant power plays and shifting alliances and in how Japanese get on with each other. This is definitely a hard concept for the western mind to relate to, but this is where I love to read Japanese historicals and even any Japanese fiction that is written by a Japanese author. So much of the unsayable of Japanese culture comes through.

    In this type of sweeping Japanese historical drama, I felt this book definitely went more into the Japanese traditional POV than many others, even though several of the main characters are western missionaries who are there to set up Christian missions to spread Christianity. This book was more about the internal struggles of Japan as a country within that context. I enjoyed the constant strategizing thought processes of those in power on how to beat their enemy clans.

    Also interesting and I liked this, is that the author didn’t put any judgments on either religious or philosophical viewpoint. Meaning, it didn’t present Christian ideology that the missionaries are bringing as better or worse than Zen Buddhism. They are each a belief system that exists.

    I definitely recommend this if you have any love of Japanese culture.

  • Barry

    The method of story telling I thought was quite different. The author took you back and forth in time flawlessly. I think if you had a prior understanding of Japanese culture it would make the story much more interesting as some actions in the story do not fit western culture.

  • Kari

    Beautiful story about two Americans and an amazing cast of Japanese warriors whose lives are intertwined in 19th century Japan. Lots of political intrigue, cultural references, gorgeous settings and descriptions. And Lord Genji is on my list of favorite heroes ever. A truly amazing book.

  • Angigames

    Che SPETTACOLO!

    Trovato in una libreria dell’usato, pagato una sciocchezza, aspettavo di leggere questo libro da anni. Oggi è praticamente introvabile, sono stata fortunata!

    Ambientato nel Giappone dell’800, con una possibile invasione straniera alle porte, il giovane Genji, capo del clan Okumichi dovrà affrontare un possibile tradimento.

    Scritto in maniera corposa ed impeccabile, questo libro fa emergere le divergenze di due opposte civiltà che però sono in egual misura dilaniate da violenza, sosp

    Che SPETTACOLO!

    Trovato in una libreria dell’usato, pagato una sciocchezza, aspettavo di leggere questo libro da anni. Oggi è praticamente introvabile, sono stata fortunata!

    Ambientato nel Giappone dell’800, con una possibile invasione straniera alle porte, il giovane Genji, capo del clan Okumichi dovrà affrontare un possibile tradimento.

    Scritto in maniera corposa ed impeccabile, questo libro fa emergere le divergenze di due opposte civiltà che però sono in egual misura dilaniate da violenza, sospetto, tradimento. Un viaggio straordinario che permetterà di compiere il destino di un capoclan e un dono particolare che darà a Genij la possibilità di conoscere il futuro. Il futuro potrà essere cambiato? Solo il tempo darà la risposta al giovane nobile che dovrà imparare a convivere con i due missionari sbarcati dalle grandi navi.

    Perfetto, il metodo narrativo rievoca un Paese lontano e tradizioni millenarie, che si scontrano con la necessità e la curiosità di un popolo di assaporare la modernità. Personaggi perfetti. Ognuno con una storia molto particolare da raccontare, anche i secondari, è stato bellissimo pagina dopo pagina, vedere il loro modo di approcciarsi alla vita, alla morte, a tanti aspetti dell’esistenza in maniera differente ma sotto molti aspetti molto simile.

    Consigliato!

  • Algernon

    A streamlined version of Shogun, sacrificing some of the depth of characterization and subtlety of political power games in favor of extra servings of ninja duels, geisha seductions and personal vendettas. The conflict between the Eastern and Western cultures is moved from 1600 to 1861, and the strongarming of the Tokugawa Shogunate by American and European warships into opening the country for trade (or legalized robbery as it turned out). Japan is on the brink of major shift in policy, not yet

    A streamlined version of Shogun, sacrificing some of the depth of characterization and subtlety of political power games in favor of extra servings of ninja duels, geisha seductions and personal vendettas. The conflict between the Eastern and Western cultures is moved from 1600 to 1861, and the strongarming of the Tokugawa Shogunate by American and European warships into opening the country for trade (or legalized robbery as it turned out). Japan is on the brink of major shift in policy, not yet strong enough to respond to the foreigners provocations and held back by a medieval social system that has remained unchanged since the Battle of Sekigawara - often mentioned in the text as the previous major turning point in the history of the nation.

    The main Japanese players are a progresive daimyo (Genji), his household retainers, his mentally deranged uncle, the most famous geisha in Edo , the chief of the Shogun's secret police and a ninja in his service. The american actors are a fiery pastor trying to establish a Christian mission and convert the "heathens" with the help of his fiance and a new recruit that hides a past career as fast gun and bank robber in Texas.

    The first half of the novel, setting up the plot and giving the background stories of the main cast is very well done, fast paced, complex and competently written. I was personally less impressed in the final chapters, where I felt the build up was a bit wasted in a rush to cram as many physical conflicts as possible and the plot twists proved to be less surprising than promised. The prose is very good for a debut novel, and if it didn't capture the lyrical nature of the Japanese cultural identity as convincing as I would have liked, it made up for it in historical context and ordinary life details from the period.

    My major issue with the story comes from the use of prophecy and the gift of foresight - a major component of the plot that has its place in a fantasy setting, but was anachronistic and fake in a historical novel. Matsuoka tries to temper the supernatural by implying this ability to see the future is a device used by the daimyo to control his vassals and adversaries, but he gives too many hints about 20 Century events for the argument to gain traction.

    The dialogue and the characters have a Hollywood flavor that is a bit shallow and theatrical, but I believe the story would translate well on the big screen. In fact, The Last Samurai has many similarities with Cloud of Sparrows. It was not may favorite movie, but it was entetaining. And so is the book.

  • Jesse Tooper

    Reading Cloud of Sparrows the 1st time, you can't help but be reminded of Clavell's Shogun (subsequently, one of my favorite books), which in my opinion, is a very good thing. Taking place in 1861, right when the west began to "invade" the east, the story centers around 5 main characters.....Lord Genji, who has "seen" that his life will be saved by an outsider. He has been the one "chosen once in a generation" to have the gift of prophesy. Emily Gibson- a chick that has come to spread Christiani

    Reading Cloud of Sparrows the 1st time, you can't help but be reminded of Clavell's Shogun (subsequently, one of my favorite books), which in my opinion, is a very good thing. Taking place in 1861, right when the west began to "invade" the east, the story centers around 5 main characters.....Lord Genji, who has "seen" that his life will be saved by an outsider. He has been the one "chosen once in a generation" to have the gift of prophesy. Emily Gibson- a chick that has come to spread Christianity.....even though she seems to have shady past. Matthew Stark- here to accompany Emily, but is a straight up killer from Texas.....of course with a heart of gold tho......Lady Heiko- the branded "lady of mystery" from Japan. And Shigeru- Genji's uncle.....who is a straight up bad ass, and legendary swordsman.

    All 5 of these characters find themselves fleeing Edo for the legendary castle, Cloud of Sparrows.....all these characters are extremely well written and fleshed out over the course of about 400 pages. Theses quite a few twists and turns along the way obviously. The best parts for me, we're obviously the battle scenes......extremely graphic, and action packed......the only way I enjoy them.

    The only opportunity regarding Cloud of Sparrows for me, was the length, it went by far too fast. At no point in the book, did it seem to "lag", and I would of (selfishly) liked it to continue on for another 100-200 pages.

    Check it, the book's money......

  • ΔΕΣΠΟΙΝΑ Ντρέκη

    Αν θέλετε να ταξιδέψετε στην Ιαπωνία του 1861, αν θέλετε να πολεμήσετε μαζί με σαμουράι και νίντζα, αν θέλετε να γνωρίσετε τα ήθη και τις παραδόσεις της χώρας, αν θέλετε να συναναστραφείτε με άρχοντες, με σογκούν, με γκέισες, τότε διαβάστε αυτό το βιβλίο. Είναι υπέροχο. Προδοσίες, πάθη, έρωτες, προφητείες περιγράφονται εξαιρετικά από τον συγγραφέα και δημιουργεί μια ιστορία μαγική, σχεδόν παραμυθένια, φέρνοντας κοντά την Ανατολή με τη Δύση. Η πλοκή της ιστορίας γρήγορη και με απίστευτες ανατροπέ

    Αν θέλετε να ταξιδέψετε στην Ιαπωνία του 1861, αν θέλετε να πολεμήσετε μαζί με σαμουράι και νίντζα, αν θέλετε να γνωρίσετε τα ήθη και τις παραδόσεις της χώρας, αν θέλετε να συναναστραφείτε με άρχοντες, με σογκούν, με γκέισες, τότε διαβάστε αυτό το βιβλίο. Είναι υπέροχο. Προδοσίες, πάθη, έρωτες, προφητείες περιγράφονται εξαιρετικά από τον συγγραφέα και δημιουργεί μια ιστορία μαγική, σχεδόν παραμυθένια, φέρνοντας κοντά την Ανατολή με τη Δύση. Η πλοκή της ιστορίας γρήγορη και με απίστευτες ανατροπές. Δεν έχω κάτι άλλο να πω. Απλά διαβάστε το.

  • Dimitri

    When a psychologically disturbed senior samurai shows up who masters the art of fighting with two katanas , you know you're in

    territory. It's worth taking a slow ride. Matsuoka can pass an important plot point or beautiful vignette by you in the flash of a geisha's eye.

    The perceptive & receptive prince Genji is borderline implausible, but any story set in pre-Restauration Japan needs a foreigner-friendly perspective to sell. It remains the ideal period setting to reflect upon the str

    When a psychologically disturbed senior samurai shows up who masters the art of fighting with two katanas , you know you're in

    territory. It's worth taking a slow ride. Matsuoka can pass an important plot point or beautiful vignette by you in the flash of a geisha's eye.

    The perceptive & receptive prince Genji is borderline implausible, but any story set in pre-Restauration Japan needs a foreigner-friendly perspective to sell. It remains the ideal period setting to reflect upon the strengths, flaws and compatibilities between two cultures. The reader always shares in the

    process.

    Genji's subtle attentions towards the well-being of the people around him show life between the lines of history. An immature, heavily indepted bodyguard and a spinster handmaiden are steered towards the happy stability of married life. A teenage farmer's daughter who wouldn't mind a one night stand with an entitled but handsome nobleman remains untouched, her father handsomely rewarded for his hospitality instead.

    Don't ask how a Wild West gunslinger wins a bamboo swordfighting contest on a few hours of training against warriors who could sever before they were toilet-trained. Just don't. The book rushes into its ending with the greatest implausibility of all: a traumatised Anna Leonowens migrating to Japan in the 1860s is one thing, the reverse quite another.

    It's a lousy set-up for sequels. We knew that Genji's vision of the first

    must either return by epilogue or sequel unless the pace quickens from Shouru's horse to his visions of Tokyo commuters. But at this point, we have been dipped again and again in the dark past of these two strangers in a strange land.

    We want to see them overcome their demons. We also want to see the schism among Japanese nobility play out: those too entrenched in the outer aspects of tradition to accept the dawn of the new age, and those that want to "enrich the land en strengthen the army" so that their values can survive behind the protection of Western knowledge and technology.

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