Jigai is a form of seppuku
that is performed by courtly ladies in feudal Japan
. Rather than gut oneself with the wakizashi
and get one's head taken off by your second, jigai is simply slashing one's throat open with a knife
While jigai is no less an honorable death than seppuku
, being able to go through with the three cuts that seppuku
requires is often seen as a more determined path to take.