In a Grove

In a Grove Glossary


a giant, woody variety of grass, widely harvested for food and as a building material


a small wood, orchard, or group of trees

first watch

the first part of the evening; in the narrative, this indicates that it is around 8:00 PM


a member of a powerful military caste in feudal Japan, especially a member of the class of military retainers of the daimyos, who were equivalent to lords

plume grass

tall, reed-like perennial grass with thick, jointed stems that generally have high sugar content


Japanese version of the Sanskrit name Pindolabharadvaja, one of the Buddha’s more important disciples and a focus of popular worship


an industrial city in central Japan, on the island of Honshu; founded in the 8th century, it was the imperial capital from 794 until 1868


a province; several days’ journey on foot to the northeast of Kyoto


a village lying just beyond the hills from Kyoto

Toribe Temple

a temple situated in the foothills between Kyoto and Yamashina, connected with a burial ground

Kiyomizu Temple

a major site of popular worship


a familiar northeasterly point of entry from the hills to Kiyomizu Temple


from the Japanese Kebiishi, literally “Examiner of Misdeeds”; a Kyoto city official who exercises both police and judicial authority


in Mahayana Buddhism, an enlightened being who compassionately defers entry into Nirvana in order to help others attain enlightenment

burial mound

mounded graves that prehistoric Japanese aristocrats were often buried in, containing jewels, weapons, and other valuables


bodhisattva of compassion

death rattle

a gurgling sound heard in a dying person's throat