‘A samurai apologises for his sins by performing hara-kiri ,’ Mr Nambu told the Japan Times.
This man, a superior samurai named Yogo Zenemon, has been ordered by the lord, for his own reasons, to commit hara-kiri , or ritualistic suicide by disembowelment.
He even pledged he would commit hara-kiri if he could not offer evidence of this five days before polling day.
When Pinkerton finally reappears, bringing his American wife with him, Butterfly bids a desperate farewell to her boy before retiring behind a screen to commit hara-kiri .
I had in my mind the spectacle of Okinawa island, where many thousands of Japanese, rather than surrender, had drawn up in line and destroyed themselves by hand-grenades after their leaders had solemnly performed the rite of hara-kiri .
Nagase said he had also hoped to meet an elderly female resident in the area who had reportedly said her wartime lover, a Japanese soldier, had committed hara-kiri there.
Now the question could well be, ‘Do you want me to commit hara-kiri ?’
After earnest consideration, the ronin were ordered to commit hara-kiri .
The day after the surrender, he committed hara-kiri or suicide.
He would probably have been compelled to commit punk hara-kiri by impaling himself on a winklepicker.