But Katsuragi, well knowing that no woman may enter there alone, yet tries to cajole the genial priests by the pretence of dancing in honour of Buddha.
At first their elocution will seem both painful and artificial: the tones are too shrill or too gruff, equally removed from the diapason of natural speech.
This fact unbeknownst to athletes and functionaries alike, because Yokoyama had won the World Karate Championship with this remodeled kata, and because videos appeared far and wide on the market places, and because the media celebrated her, this version of Chatan Yara Kūsankū was performed ever since in competitions.
Nor could the wary group of reformers, whose task of nursing democratic institutions among hereditary partisans of a rigid caste system was no less delicate than difficult, be blamed for setting legal limits to editorial indiscretion.
Here, the eponymous herons wade in the water alongside huge koi, while crows fly overhead.
These are the ghosts of the Taira clan, slaughtered by the Minamoto in a great sea-fight at Dan-no-ura, two years before—a battle which might be termed the Bosworth Field of the great civil war which devastated Japan in the latter half of the twelfth century.
And what's not to love? During this decade, the competition for being the first was real for many artists who lived through it.
Kumano Gongen hears and answers their petition.