The Lone Samurai

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The Lone Samurai

The Lone Samurai

The Life of Miyamoto Musashi

  • Author: William Scott Wilson
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications
  • ISBN: 0834828510
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 320
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Miyamoto Musashi (1584?1645) was the legendary samurai known throughout the world as a master swordsman, spiritual seeker, and author of the classic book on strategy, the Book of Five Rings. Over 350 years after his death, Musashi and his legacy still fascinate us and continue to inspire artists, authors, and filmmakers. Here, respected translator and expert on samurai culture William Scott Wilson has created both a vivid account of a fascinating period in feudal Japan and a portrait of the courageous, iconoclastic samurai who wrestled with philosophical and spiritual ideas that are as relevant today as they were in his time. For Musashi, the way of the martial arts was about mastery of the mind rather than simply technical prowess—and it is this path to mastery that is the core teaching in his Book of Five Rings. This volume includes supplemental material on Musashi’s legacy as a martial arts icon, his impact on literature and film, and the influence of his Book of Five Rings.

The Samurai Swordsman

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The Samurai Swordsman

The Samurai Swordsman

Master of War

  • Author: Stephen Turnbull
  • Publisher: Frontline Books
  • ISBN: 1473817935
  • Category: History
  • Page: 208
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Samurai tells the story of the courageous and highly disciplined fighting men of this time, showing how they evolved from the primitive fighters of the seventh century into an invincible military caste with a fearsome reputation. In the early seventh century, the samurai rose to prominence during the struggles between the emperor and the military leaders (shogun). They took part in the invasion of Korea, as well as helping to keep Japan free from foreign influence. From the Heian period through to the Onin wars, the history of the samurai is replete with tales of heroism and bloodshed. Although the samurai is most famous for his use of the sword, he also used a wide variety of other weapons, such as the crossbow, the dagger and the spear. Samurai armour and costume were constantly evolving, and by the twelfth century most samurai were wearing the box-like yoroi armour. Samurai examines samurai fighting tactics, as well as acts such as ritual suicide (hari-kiri) and the taking of enemy heads as trophies.

The Samurai

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The Samurai

The Samurai

A Military History

  • Author: Stephen R. Turnbull
  • Publisher: Psychology Press
  • ISBN: 9781873410387
  • Category: History
  • Page: 285
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Set against the background of Japan's social and political history, the book records the rise of Japan's samurai class from earliest times to the culmination of their culture, prowess and skills as manifested in the last great battle they fought - Osaka Ca

The Pocket Samurai

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The Pocket Samurai

The Pocket Samurai

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications
  • ISBN: 0834830493
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 272
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The samurai of Japan, who were the country’s military elite from medieval times to the end of the nineteenth century, were synonymous with valor, honor, and martial arts prowess. Their strict adherence to the code of bushido ("the way of the warrior"), chivalry, and honor in fighting to the death continues to capture the imagination of people today, inspiring authors, filmmakers, and artists. The Pocket Samurai contains the essential writings of the era by the most esteemed samurai and philosophers of the age, including the iconic Miyamoto Musashi, author of The Book of Five Rings; Yamamoto Tsunetomo, author of Hagakure, the best-known explication of the samurai code; Takuan Soho, a Zen priest and adviser to samurai; Yamaoka Tesshu, a master swordsman whose colorful life was devoted to martial arts and Zen; along with many others.

Traditions

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Traditions

Traditions

Essays on the Japanese Martial Arts and Ways

  • Author: Dave Lowry
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • ISBN: 1462902235
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 184
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The goals of the budo—the martial arts and Ways of Japan—lie in refining the body and spirit. The techniques, methods, and rituals of the budo can provide invaluable lessons for today's martial artists—and serve as guides to a well-lived life. In Traditions, Davy Lowry discusses unique aspects of the budo ranging from hacho, or deliberate asymmetry, to uke-waza, the art of "receiving" an attack. The spirit of ryomi, the process of self-evaluation and improvement, is illustrated through the story of Kaofujita, a master swordsman who never stopped practicing the first movement he learned. You'll also learn the importance of yuyo, the distance where an attacker must focus his strike, from the story of Jubei, whose mastery of yuyo saved him in a life-and-death encounter, and the significance of shikaku—, the dead zone, on maintaining balance in combat and in life. With its focus on traditional martial arts, and fascinating stories that illustrate key martial arts principles and philosophy,Traditions will be required reading for serious martial artists.

Cultivating Ch'i

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Cultivating Ch'i

Cultivating Ch'i

A Samurai Physician's Teachings on the Way of Health

  • Author: Kaibara Ekiken
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications
  • ISBN: 0834828464
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 256
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Samurai are best known for taking life—but here is a samurai doctor’s prescription for how to preserve life, and to make yours a long and healthy one. Unlike other samurai of his time, the samurai Kaibara Ekiken (1630–1714) was concerned less with swordsmanship than with how to maintain and nurture the healthy mind and body upon which martial techniques and philosophy depended. While serving as the chief medical doctor and healer to the Kuroda clan, he came to a holistic view of how the physical, mental, and spiritual lives of his patients were connected. Drawing from his medical practice, the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, and his life experience, Ekiken created this text as a guide to sustaining health and stamina from youth to old age. Ekiken’s advice regarding moderation, food and drink, sleep, sexual activity, bathing, and therapeutic practices is still amazingly intuitive and appropriate nearly three hundred years after this book was written.

Mirror of Modernity

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Mirror of Modernity

Mirror of Modernity

Invented Traditions of Modern Japan

  • Author: Stephen Vlastos
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520206373
  • Category: History
  • Page: 328
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This collection of essays challenges the notion that Japan's present cultural identity is the simple legacy of its pre-modern and insular past. Scholars examine "age-old" Japanese cultural practices and show these to be largely creations of the modern era.

Budoshoshinshu

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Budoshoshinshu

Budoshoshinshu

Essential Teachings on the Way of the Warrior

  • Author: Daidoji Yuzan
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications
  • ISBN: 0834841703
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 224
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A definitive treatise on the code of the samurai--revised and with a new introduction Upholding the samurai code both on and off the battlefield is one of the essential tenets of bushidō, the Way of the Warrior—and Budōshoshinshu is a definitive treatise on living in accordance with the samurai code. When it comes to books on samurai philosophy, the Edo-period classic Hagakure is iconic to contemporary readers, but Budōshoshinshu, which was written during same period, was equally influential at the time. Many scholars consider Hagakure, which was influenced by Zen, to be the most radical and romantic of samurai texts, while Budōshoshinshu is more measured and practical, owing to its heavy Confucian influence. Taken in tandem, they provide a range of insights on the role of the individual within the samurai order—both addressing the warrior’s role in times of peace and emphasizing the importance of living selflessly. Written by Daidoji Yūzan, a Confucian scholar who descended from a long line of prominent warriors, Budōshoshinshu comprises 56 pithy instructive essays for young samurai on how to live morally, with professional integrity and a higher purpose, and to carry on the true chivalrous tradition of bushidō. Budōshoshinshu is imbued with classic Confucian philosophy, centered on living one’s life with sincerity and loyalty.

Samurai

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Samurai

Samurai

The Weapons and Spirit of the Japanese Warrior

  • Author: Clive Sinclaire
  • Publisher: Salamander Books
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Samurai
  • Page: 144
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