Gabrielle is thinking about what the future may hold, and Xena says she’s been wondering about that too. She thinks maybe they should head to the land of the Pharaohs for a while. Gabrielle notices that someone is lurking about in the woods around them. Xena says that he’s been there for about a half an hour. They find the man, who is a priest from the land of the rising sun. Kenji tells them that he was sent by Akemi, someone who Xena knew a long time ago. He also tells of a demon, Yodoshi, that killed his fellow priest, and says that Akemi believed that Xena would be able to defeat him. As they sail to Japan, Xena tells Gabrielle the story of how she and Borias met Akemi. When they reach Higuchi, the captain of the ship refuses to go near the village because it’s under siege.
teleplay by R.J. Stewart
story by Robert Tapert & R.J. Stewart
directed by Robert Tapert
music by Joseph LoDuca
Guest Cast: Michelle Ang (Akemi), Marton Csokas (Borias), Mac Jeffery Ong (Kenji), Adrian Brown (Yodoshi), Yvonne Tan (Ayako), Shiori Terada (Miyuki), Venant Wong (Morimoto), Gary Young (Saburo), Trevor Sai-Louie (Kao), Ric Chan (Master Swordsman), Gregor McLennan (Captain), Kazuhiro Muroyama (Harukata)
Original title: Japan Part 1
LogBook entry by Mary Terrell