“Song of the Nightingale” finally published on Amazon.com (Createspace)


It’s taken 4 years to complete, but “Song” is now available to the public.  Hope there is enjoyment in the reading of this saga.  There are also two essays at the end:  “The Man’yoshu” and “Building Upon the Man’yoshu”.

Nick Nicholson’s photos are wonderful inside, and he did a great job formatting and designing the book.

Lady Nyo

(link to Amazon.com/ Song of the Nightingale)





In Old Japan there was an even older daimyo named Lord Mori who lived in the shadow of Moon Mountain, far up in the Northwest of Japan.  Lord Mori ran a court that did little except keep his men (and himself) entertained with drinking, hawking and hunting.  Affairs of state were loosely examined and paperwork generally lost, misplaced under a writing table or under a pile of something more entertaining to his Lordship.  Sometimes even under the robes of a young courtesan.

Every other year the Emperor in Edo would demand all the daimyos travel to his court for a year.  This was a clever idea of the honorable Emperor. It kept them from each other’s throats, plundering each other’s land, and made them all accountable to Edo and the throne.

Lord Mori was fortunate in his exemption of having to travel the months to sit in attendance on the Emperor. He was awarded this exemption with pitiful letters to the court complaining of age, ill health and general infirmities.  He sent his eldest, rather stupid son to comply with the Emperor’s demands. He agreed to have this disappointing young man stay in Edo to attend the Emperor.  Probably forever.

Lord Mori, however, continued to hunt, hawk and generally enjoy life in the hinterlands.

True, his realm, his fiefdom, was tucked away in mountains hard to cross. To travel to Edo took months because of bad roads, fast rivers and mountain passages. A daimyo was expected to assemble a large entourage for this trip: vassals, brass polishers, flag carriers, outriders,  a train of horses and mules to carry all the supplies, litters for the women, litters for advisors and fortune tellers, and then of course, his samurai. His train of honor could be four thousand men or more!

But this tale isn’t about Lord Mori. It’s about one of his generals, his vassal, Lord Nyo and his wife, Lady Nyo, who was born from a branch of a powerful clan, though a clan who had lost standing at the court in Edo.

Now, just for the curious, Lord Nyo is an old samurai, scarred in battle, ugly as most warriors are, and at a loss when it comes to the refinement and elegance of life– especially poetry.  His Lady Nyo is fully half his age, a delicate and thoughtful woman, though without issue.

But Lord and Lady Nyo don’t fill these pages alone. There are other characters;  priests, magical events, samurai and a particularly tricky Tengu who will stand to entertain any reader of this tale.

A full moon, as in many Japanese tales, figures in the mix. As do poetry, some ancient and some made up for this tale.  War and battles, love and hate.  But this is life.  There is no getting one without the other.

The present Lady Nyo, descended from generations past.

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6 Responses to ““Song of the Nightingale” finally published on Amazon.com (Createspace)”

  1. TR Says:

    Woohoo! Going to order it! Congrats!


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, TR! I STILL can’t get over the cover. This painting was a bone of contention with you know who….but I’m glad I took it back to repair. It makes a lovely cover and the colors are wonderful. Inside is another painting, calligraphy and Nicks photos.
    I am so glad to get this one done. It was worth the 4 years of work.

    Enjoy and thanks again.

    Love, Jane

    Liked by 1 person

  3. TR Says:

    I can’t wait to have it in my hands and see the cover for myself. So beautiful!


  4. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, TR.

    Fred let the dogs in the front yard…something I don’t do unsupervised….and they killed our 16 year old Maggie. We have had her since she was 5 weeks old. It is so sad, she was like a daughter to us, full of life and affection. She usually slept with us. We buried her under a white rosebush.

    Love, Jane


  5. TR Says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending you Hugs. Love, TR


  6. ladynyo Says:

    thank you, TR. Maggie was a treasure.

    Liked by 1 person

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