Book Summary of The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn
by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
The story, The Ghost in Tokaido Inn By Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler, is about a 14 year old boy boy named Seikei that lives in Japan around 1730. At the time Emperor Nakamikado was in rule and ruled from the city of Kyoto. In 1603 Ieyasu Tokugawa had defeated Japanese rivals and Tokugawa earned the right to have his descendants became Shogun, or military general. The shogun ruled from the city of Edo. Between the cities stretched the world busiest highway, the Tokaido road.
Seikei is a rich tea merchants son, but he dreams of one day becoming a great and respected samurai that fights, is noble, brave, and respected. ...view middle of the document...
Sheike is very scared but falls asleep. When he wakes up, he find that they are not allowed to leave because a precious jewel has been stolen from the Lord that he planned to give to the shogun! A judge shows up to solve the case. The judges name is Judge Ooka, and he is the best judge in Japan and also a samurai. Seikei tells the judge about his ghost and the judge follows him to where he saw it. They find a tunnel under the floors leading to the innkeepers room right under the floorboards and figure out that the ghost was actually the innkeeper, and he was the one that stole the jewel. But for some mysterious reason, the judge thinks there is more to the story and offers Seikei to come along with him to help solve the case.
They hit the road, and the during their journey the Judge teaches Seikei many important lessons about life, being a samurai, and other people. On the road, they met up with a mysterious group of theater people. The judge thinks that they may have something to do with the crime, and even though Seikei doesn't know why, he follows the theater group around. He makes friends with everyone and gets to know the lead person in charge, Tomomi. Seikei recognises Tomomi from the inn ,and he realizes why the judge wanted him to follow the group. After many more days with the group, Seikei find out that Tomomi is a samurai that hides his identity. The day after he finds this out, Tomomi announces that he is writing a new play and it will be presented to the Shogun. During rehearsal he finds out that Tomomi is Christian, a forbidden religion in Japan. When they put the whole play together, he realizes that the play is about Tomomi’s life. Tomomi’s family were samurai, but they were Christian also. They kept this a secret but when their neighbor, Lord Hakuseki, finds out he kills all of them except for Tomomi. Lord Hakuseki is the Lord from the inn! Seiki finally put together all the pieces.
Tomomi wanted revenge on Lord Hakuseki, so he stole the jewel from him at the inn. When they got to the Shoguns city they put on a play, and along with the Shogun, Lord Hakuseki was also there. During the play, Tommi insults the Lord. H calls him fat, stupid, and not respectable. Eventually the Lord could not take the punishment any longer and attacked Tomomi, drawing out his sword. There is a law in Japan that you can not draw your sword in from of the Shogun so Lord Hakuseki was required to commit seppuku, or suicide.
After all this, Seikei meets up with the judge again. He is impressed with Seikei efforts and adopts him so he can become a samurai.
Because we have not studied Japan before, I learned a lot about Japan.
For example, I learned that Japan is ruled by an Emperor. I also learned what a Shogun was, how Shoguns came into existence, what they lived in, and where they lived. In the book it states, “In 1603, Ieyasu Tokugawa had defeated the last of his rivals in battle. The emperor ade Tokugawa the Shogun, or military governor....