The Lone Samurai

Author: William Scott Wilson
Editor: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 1590309871
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The life of Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645), Japan's greatest samurai swordsman, is chronicled in this first authoritative, "lively and balanced" ("Library Journal"), English-language biography of the impressive warrior. Included is original artwork by Musashi plus Glossary, map, and Appendices.

The Lone Samurai And The Martial Arts

Author: Stephen R. Turnbull
Editor: Arms & Armour Press
ISBN: 9780853689676
Size: 10,92 MB
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Om samuraikrigeren i både legende og historie

The Samurai Swordsman

Author: Stephen Turnbull
Editor: Frontline Books
ISBN: 1473817935
Size: 18,95 MB
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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

Author: Stephen R. Turnbull
Editor: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9781873410387
Size: 10,65 MB
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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


Author: Dave Lowry
Editor: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462902235
Size: 12,68 MB
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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.

The Pocket Samurai

Editor: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834830493
Size: 12,33 MB
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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.

Mirror Of Modernity

Author: Stephen Vlastos
Editor: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520206373
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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.


Author: Clive Sinclaire
Editor: Salamander Books
Size: 10,72 MB
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Gjennom mange hundre år hadde samuraiene monopol på å bære våpen i Japan. Boken tar for seg ulike typer korte og lange sverd som de brukte, og deres særegne komponenter. Boken tar også for seg rustinger for hode og kropp, buer og piler. Boken er rikt illustrert, i både farger og svart/hvitt. Har innholdsfortegnelse, forord, ordliste, bibliografi og register.


Author: Daidoji Yuzan
Editor: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834841703
Size: 12,82 MB
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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 Films

Author: Roland Thorne
Editor: Old Castle
Size: 13,90 MB
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