“In a Grove” (藪の中, Yabu no Naka?) is a short story by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, first appearing in the January edition of the Japanese literature monthly. The In a Grove Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, by Ryunosuke Akutagawa In a Grove tells a story about a death of man through seven different accounts, opening with the. IN A GROVE (Yabo no naka) Source for information on In a Grove (Yabo no Naka ) by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Reference Guide to Short Fiction dictionary.

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Look for a summary or analysis of this Story. Yrunosuke, it was I skutagawa found the body. This morning, as usual, I went to cut my daily quota of cedars, when I found the body in a grove in a hollow in the mountains. About meters off the Yamashina stage road. The body was lying flat on its back dressed in a bluish silk kimono and a wrinkled head-dress of the Kyoto style. A single sword-stroke had pierced the breast.

The fallen bamboo-blades around it were stained with bloody blossoms. No, the blood was no longer running. The wound had dried up, I believe. And also, a gad-fly was stuck fast there, hardly noticing my footsteps.

I found only a rope at the root of a cedar near by. Apparently he must have made a battle ryunoskue it before he was murdered, because the grass and fallen bamboo-blades had been trampled down all around.


Certainly, it was about noon yesterday, sir. The unfortunate man was on the road from Sekiyama to Yamashina. He gyunosuke walking toward Sekiyama with a woman accompanying him on horseback, who I have since learned was his wife.

A scarf hanging from her head hid her face from view. All I saw was the color of her clothes, a lilac-colored ahort. Her horse was a sorrel with a fine mane. Oh, about four feet five inches.

Since I am a Buddhist priest, I took little notice about her details. Well, the man was armed with a sword as well as a bow and arrows. And I remember that he carried some twenty odd arrows in his quiver. Little did I expect that he would meet such a fate. Truly human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning. My words are inadequate to express my sympathy for him. The man that I arrested? He is a notorious brigand called Tajomaru.

When I arrested him, he had fallen off his horse. He was grovw on the bridge at Awataguchi.

It was in the early hours of last night. For the record, I might say that the other day I tried to arrest him, but unfortunately he escaped.

He was wearing a dark blue silk kimono and a large plain sword. And, as you see, he got a bow and arrows somewhere. You say that this bow and these arrows look like the ones owned by the dead man? Then Tajomaru must be the murderer. The bow wound with leather strips, the black lacquered quiver, the seventeen arrows with hawk feathers—these were all in his possession I believe.


In a Grove by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

Yes, Sir, the horse is, as you say, a sorrel with a fine mane. A little beyond the stone bridge I found ryunosukr horse grazing by the roadside, with his long rein dangling.

Surely there is some providence in his having been thrown by the horse. Find this Story Look for a summary or analysis of this Story. FullReads Full-length classic stories broken into easy-to-read pages.

In a Grove

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