Japan in the Edo period was exceedingly peaceful.
Fiction focuses on the pinch points of history.
In Edo era Japan, if you drew your sword with intent to kill, a samurai had to make the kill or commit suicide.
It is just as important to stay inside the box as it is to think outside.
The life of a samurai is no fun.
It is high time we started infusing new story ideas into fiction.
A writer must seriously study how to read.
... and down the rabbit hole you go.
For all intents and purposes, shudo was the world's first form of gay marriage.
Bigotry is not funny, but it is okay to laugh about bigots. Our sense of humor is the best bulwark against them.