By Alex Archer, Jon F. Merz
Whereas traveling in Tokyo, archaeologist Annja Creed is approached by way of a guy who desperately wishes her aid. Kennichi Ogawa, the final descendant of an historic warrior kin, is making an attempt to find a stolen artifact. Legend has it that the vajra was once mystically endowed by means of a warrior's spirit to assist the Yumegakure-ryu kinfolk perpetually be a resource for strong. however the vajra may support the forces of evil if it will get into the incorrect fingers. And now the bloodthirsty Yakuza and a bunch of employed ninja are after it. As Annja and Kennichi trek in the course of the fog-enshrouded mountains of the Iga province to discover the relic, they need to additionally outsmart the vicious Yakuza and ninja who're dangerously just about uncovering the vajra first ... and to destroying their pageant.
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They walked down a hall on cedar planking polished by way of years of toes scuffling backward and forward in sock slippers. Annja marveled on the intensity of the temple. “It turns out so small at the outdoors. And yet—” Taka nodded. “It’s a lot greater than it sounds as if. In a lot an analogous means, Fudo Myoo’s impact is way more than is before everything glaring. ” “Do you recognize Ken good? ” Annja anticipated him to claim they’d been acquaintances for years. Taka laughed. “We’ve simply simply met, really. ” “And you’re now not serious about him? ” Taka stopped and checked out her. “Should I be? ” Ken checked out Annja. “Something flawed, Annja? ” She shrugged. “I simply locate it unusual that you’ve by no means met him ahead of and but we’re being welcomed as though we have been long-lost kin. I can’t think an analogous factor occurring wherever else on this planet. ” Taka shrugged. “Perhaps Ken and that i are extra like long-lost kin. probably this is the reason i believe forced to have him and his visitor in for tea and dialog. ” His eyes gleamed. “Or i would simply be a lonely outdated guy wanting a few respectable corporation. and also you are a welcome switch from the real-estate builders who typically stopover at me. ” Ken gestured round the temple. “I’d think they’re supplying you fairly a amount of money for this position. ” “Certainly, yet what's cash worthy? no longer something. they might pay me a good cost for the land after which tear down the temple basically to construct one other membership or pachinko parlor or house apartment. guy doesn't want from now on of those distractions. He wishes extra temples. ” Taka shrugged back. “So I remain. ” “The Yakuza don’t hassle you? ” Annja requested. Ken flashed her a glance and he or she blanched. “Sorry, please forgive my inquisitiveness. ” Taka laughed. “It isn't really an issue, younger girl. And sure, the Yakuza have stopped via. yet whereas they're definitely to be despised for his or her legal actions, they're one of many few teams in Japan who nonetheless have a point of appreciate for the previous methods. And whilst I instructed them i used to be no longer drawn to promoting, they authorized it with a long way higher humility and figuring out than the recent iteration of builders, who can't see past the restricted lifetime of their checking account balances. ” They approached a small room set with a low desk and 3 cups of steaming tea. Taka gestured for them to sit down. “I’ve merely simply poured it, so it may be as regards to correct. ” He lifted his cup and bowed to his visitors. Ken and Annja swimsuit. Annja sipped the sour eco-friendly tea and smiled. “Delicious. ” Taka bowed low. “My thank you. ” He took a sip after which set the cup down ahead of turning to Ken. “Now, please, inform me why you're the following. ” Ken set his personal cup down and considered Taka. “I search the vajra of the Yumegakure-ryu. ” Taka nodded. “Interesting. i have to admit I knew this may be your reason behind coming the following, but if I observed this taking place, i didn't think it myself. It was once the 1st time in lots of decades that I had wondered my religion. I see now there has been by no means any have to accomplish that. ” Annja sipped her tea, awaiting Taka to proceed. The spry monk took one other sip of tea and checked out Annja.