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Tea Leaves

Samurai video game channels Kurosawa

Ghost of Tsushima raises complex issues from Japanese history

The author playing the video game The Ghost of Tsushima. (Photo by Peter Tasker)

I hold my trusty sword in the moon stance. With my grimacing red mask and stag's antlers sprouting from my helmet, I almost scare myself. Having nourished my bodily strength in the hot spring and hardened my resolve by praying at the fox's den, I'm ready for anything. The enemy edges toward me, the flames flickering behind him...

This is the scene on my PlayStation 4 screen as I hit pause, put down my controller and get another beer from the fridge.

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