「南総里見八犬伝 第二話 シノの冒険Shino’s Quest」
Now, in our story, it is 20 years after Fusehime died.
The 8 crystal balls from her necklace are still missing.
In Musashi province, a part of today’s Tokyo, a handsome young man called Shino live with his aunt.
His mother had died years earlier and then his father had to die because Shino’s dog had caused trouble.
The father left these last words to Shino,
“We belong to a samurai family never lose this special sword, Murasamemaru.
My master Ashikaga-sama asked me to protect it.
When you are ready take this sword to him.
He will know you are my son and take care of you.”
When his father died Shino killed his dog with the sword.
When he did it a crystal ball flew out from the dog’s neck and hit his left arm.
It made a mark with the shape of a flower.
The ball had the character ‘Ko.’
‘Ko’ means to care for parents.
It was one of the 8 balls from Fusehime.
At Shino’s aunt’s house, there was a man named Sousuke.
One day, Shino noticed Sousuke had the same flower mark on his back.
He also had a crystal ball with the character ‘Gi.’
‘Gi’ means to do the right things.
“We have the same marks and same balls.
I feel like we are brothers.”
“I feel the same way, Shino.
I will always help you if you need me.”
Now we know where two balls are.
One day, Shino decided to go and see his father’s master.
So he traveled to Koga, in today’s Ibaraki Prefecture.
When Shino gave back the sword the Ashikaga family found it was not the real Murasamemaru.
In fact, Shino’s bad aunt had switched the sword with a different one.
The master became very angry and ordered his men to arrest Shino.
Shino ran away and ended up on the roof of the highest tower of the castle.
A samurai called Genpachi was sent to catch Shino.
The two started to fight on the roof.
Many people came to watch them.
Finally, the two slipped and fell off the roof together.
They fell into a river with a big splash.
All the people looked for Shino and Genpachi.
But they were nowhere to be found.
The next morning, an old man found two men in a boat.
They had floated down the Tone River together to Chiba.
When the old man looked at their faces he knew one of them.
A flower-like mark on his face was the proof.
It was Genpachi.