Raiko (Reiko), the title utilized in Japanese legends for Yorisune, an 12th-century hero and member of the Minamoto clan, which vied for management of Japan. The tales credit score him with killing many giants and evil monsters, although in actual life he fought one other clan for domination of Japan. The legends and tales dwell extra on the celebrity of the actual fighter than his historical past, in roughly the identical method King Arthur is believed to be primarily based on an actual hero in Great Britain.
Raiko has a gaggle of courageous samurai combating for him. These warriors have adventures of their very own. Among the perfect recognized within the West is Watanabe, who fights an oni (typically translated “ogre” or “demon”) on the Gate of Rashōmon. Following is a typical Raiko story. One day, Raiko adopted a cranium into an outdated build- ing. There, three ladies appeared in succession—an outdated witch, a nun, after which a magnificence. Overcome by the lady’s magnificence, Raiko stared at her—till he all of a sudden discovered himself lined by an online. Raiko drew his sword and tried to free himself, however the steel broke when he struck the attractive lady. She disappeared, leaving him nonetheless trapped.
Watanabe arrived and managed to free him. The two warriors looked for the lady, however may solely discover an immense spider—with the tip of Raiko’s sword in its stomach. The two males reduce open the lifeless spider. The skulls of its victims had been in its abdomen. So had been child spiders—extra demons. Raiko and Watanabe went to work killing them rapidly. Their victory freed the countryside from a reign of evil.