Hattori Hanzaburo

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Hattori Hanzaburô was forced to commit suicide after illegally drawing his sword within the grounds of Edo castle, though he did so only in order to defend himself from attack, ultimately killing two of his attackers before the skirmish ended.


  • Andrew Rankin, Seppuku: A History of Samurai Suicide, Kodansha International (2011), 123.