This piece was inspired by “Nanso Satomi Hakkenden,” an epic novel set in Chiba Prefecture.
The story begins with Princess Fuse of the Satomi clan committing seppuku, causing her soul to be transferred to eight beads that she was carrying, which scattered in different directions in a burst of light. These eight beads, which had been respectively engraved with the characters for humanity, justice, courtesy, wisdom, loyalty, sincerity, filial piety, and obedience, were then passed down under various circumstances to eight youngsters who were born and raised in different places, making them members of the “Eight Dog Warriors” that would serve the Satomi clan without their knowledge. These warriors, who have family names that include the character for “dog” and peonyshaped birthmarks on their bodies as proof of their status, continued to keep these beads in their possession. Guided by fate to meet one another, the Eight Dog Warriors eventually came together to fight for the Satomi clan after following a series of clues.
Since this is an epic novel, I have composed this piece based on the story’s overall worldview instead of depicting individual scenes from it. I have named the piece “Soul of eight to samsara” in view of how the soul of Princess Fuse was passed down to the Eight Dog Warriors and their descendants through the beads.
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