Der Wolkenpavillon: Ein neuer Fall für Sano Ichirô by Laura Joh Rowland

By Laura Joh Rowland

Japan, 1701. Chiyo, die Cousine des Samurais Sano Ichiro, kehrt von einer Reise zum Tempel in Awashima nicht zurück. Der Ermittler des Shoguns hatte jahrelang keinen Kontakt zur Familie seiner Mutter. Jetzt aber fleht sein Onkel ihn an, die Vergangenheit ruhen zu lassen und ihm bei der Suche nach seiner Tochter zu helfen. Unfähig, die Notsituation zu ignorieren, in der sich seine Cousine offensichtlich befindet, begibt sich Sano auf die verzweifelte Suche - und findet heraus, dass noch zwei weitere Frauen unter ähnlich mysteriösen Umständen verschwunden sind. Die Zeit drängt. Kann Sano den Verbrecher stellen, bevor dieser noch mehr Frauen ins Unglück stürzt?

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Oyabun means the person with the status of oya (parent) and kobun means with the status of ko (child). In Figure 2, b is the kobun of a (oyabun), and at the same time he is the oyabun of d. One person may play more than one role. The traditional oyabunkobun relationship took the form of patron and client, landowner and tenant, for example, or master and disciple. The expressions are still used today, although more informally. Oyabun may be one in a senior position at a man's place of work, with whom has grown a close personal relationship over the years.

A Japanese finds his world clearly divided into three categories, sempai (seniors), kohai (juniors) and doryo. Doryo, meaning 'one's colleagues', refers only to those with the same rank, not to all who do the same type of work in the same office or on the same shop floor; even among doryo, differences in age, year of entry or of graduation from school or college contribute to a sense of sempai and kohai. These three categories would be subsumed under the single term 'colleagues' in other societies.

If we postulate a social group embracing members with various different attributes, the method of tying together the constituent members will be based on the vertical relation. In other words vertical systems would link A and B who are different in quality. JAPANESE SOCIETY In contrast, a horizontal tie would be established between X and Y, who are of the same quality. When individuals having a certain attribute in common form a group the horizontal relationship functions by reason of this common quality.

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