Code of the Samurai

Author: Thomas Cleary
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 9780804831901
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A powerful contemporary translation of the classic treatise of the Way of the Warrior! Code of the Samurai is a four-hundred-year-old explication of the rules and expectations embodied in Bushido, the Japanese way of the warrior. Bushido has played a major role in shaping the behavior of modern Japanese government, corporations, society, and individuals, as well as in shaping the modern martial arts within Japan and internationally. The Japanese original of this book, Bushido Shoshinshu, has been one of the primary sources on the tenets of Bushido, a way of thought that remains fascinating and relevant to the modern world, East and West. With a clear, conversational narrative by Thomas Cleary, one of the foremost translators of the wisdom of Asia, and powerfully evocative line drawings by master illustrator Oscar Ratti, this book is indispensable to the corporate executive, student of the Asian Culture, and martial artist.

Training the Samurai Mind

Author: Thomas Cleary
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834823082
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Through the ages, the samurai have been associated with honor, fearlessness, calm, decisive action, strategic thinking, and martial prowess. Their ethos is known as bushido, the Way of the Warrior-Knight. Here, premier translator Thomas Cleary presents a rich collection of writings on bushido by warriors, scholars, political advisors, and educators from the fifteenth century through the nineteenth century that provide a comprehensive, historically rich view of samurai life and philosophy. Training the Samurai Mind gives an insider’s view of the samurai world: the moral and psychological development of the warrior, the ethical standards they were meant to uphold, their training in both martial arts and strategy, and the enormous role that the traditions of Shintoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism had in influencing samurai ideals. The writings deal with a broad range of subjects—from military strategy and political science, to personal discipline and character development. Cleary introduces each piece, putting it into historical context, and presents biographical information about the authors. This is an essential read for anyone interested in military history and samurai history, and for martial artists who want to understand strategy.

Samurai

Author: Mitsuo Kure
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 146291490X
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Samurai: An Illustrated History brings the violent, tumultuous, and, at the same time, elegant world of the medieval Japanese samurai to life. This book of Japanese history traces the story of a unique historical phenomenon: a period of 700 years—equivalent to the entire stretch of Western history between the reigns of the Crusader king Richard the Lionhearted and of Queen Victoria at the height of the British Empire—during which an enclosed civilization was dominated by a single warrior caste. The historical narrative of samurai history is supported by explanations of samurai armor, weapons, fortifications, tactics, and customs, and illustrated with nearly 800 fascinating color photographs, maps, and sketches, including ancient scroll paintings and surviving suits of armor preserved for centuries in Japanese shrines. From the 12th to the 19th centuries the history of Japan was effectively the history of the samurai—the class of professional fighting men. At first they were no more than lowly soldiery employed by the court aristocracy of Kyoto, but the growing power of the provincial warrior clans soon enabled them to brush aside the executive power of the imperial court and to form their own parallel military government. Though individual dynasties came and went in cycles of vigor and decadence, the dominance of the samurai as a class proved uniquely resilient.

Author: Gichin Funakoshi
Publisher: Kodansha International
ISBN: 9784770027962
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This translation of the guiding principles of karate is aimed at martial arts enthusiasts, particularly followers of karate. The original text was written as terse axioms, the precepts of which are open to various interpretations. Many unresolved questions are answered in this commentary. Gichin Funakoshi, the father of karate, once said that 'the ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants'. To support his life-long stance and offer guidance to future practitioners, he penned his now

Persimmon Wind

Author: Dave Lowry
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781890536107
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In 1968, Dave Lowry embarked on an unusual journey, apprenticing himself to a master swordsman of the ancient Shinkage-ryu. In Lowry?s first book, Autumn Lightning, he began his tale of a teenaged Midwestern boy and his Japanese sensei. His account of the struggle to learn the art of swordsmanship and to understand the unique culture that engendered it continues in Persimmon Wind. When his teacher returned home to Japan, Lowry remained in the U.S.; more than a decade later, he undertook a long-postponed pilgrimage to Japan. Persimmon Wind is the story of his reunion with his teacher and his exploration of the sites and stories that are at the heart of the Shinkage-ryu.Persimmon Wind reveals a Japan unlikely to be witnessed by the average Westerner. Drawing on his deep knowledge of Japanese martial culture, Lowry acts as an interpreter of sorts, deftly describing the myriad ways in which Japan?s subtle, yet rich, customs and rituals inform and enrich the seemingly mundane practices of everyday life. At the same time, he explores what is truly essential to the purposeful life, as unveiled in the lessons of swordsmanship.

The First Season

Author: Bob Duff
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781771961844
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An anecdotal history of the NHL's tumultuous first season by respected sports journalist Bob Duff marking the league's 100th anniversary.

The Unfettered Mind

Author: Takuan Soho
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834827891
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This classic samurai-era text fused Japanese swordsmanship with Zen and influenced the direction that the art has taken ever since. Written by the seventeenth-century Zen master Takuan Soho (1573–1645), The Unfettered Mind is a book of advice on swordsmanship and the cultivation of right mind and intention. It was written as a guide for the samurai Yagyu Munenori, who was a great swordsman and rival to the legendary Miyamoto Musashi. Takuan was a giant in the history of Zen; he was also a gardener, calligrapher, poet, author, adviser to samurai and shoguns, and a pivotal figure in Zen painting. He was known for his brilliance and acerbic wit. In these succinct and pointed essays, Takuan is concerned primarily with understanding and refining the mind—both generally and when faced with conflict. The Unfettered Mind was a major influence on the classic manifestos on swordsmanship that came after it, including Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings and Yagyu Munenori's Life-Giving Sword.

If These Walls Could Talk Chicago Blackhawks

Author: Mark Lazerus
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 163319938X
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Led by stars like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, and Brent Seabrook, the Chicago Blackhawks are a modern NHL powerhouse, as much a part of Chicago as the Willis Tower or The Bean at Millennium Park. In If These Walls Could Talk: Chicago Blackhawks, Mark Lazerus chronicles the team's rise from the dark ages of the 2000s to the golden age of the 2010s through never-before-told stories from inside the dressing room, aboard the team plane, at the players' homes, and — especially in the case of the rowdy 2009-2010 team that started it all — in countless Chicago bars. If These Walls Could Talk: Chicago Blackhawks will bring readers closer to their favorite players than ever before. It's a book Hawks fans won't want to be without.

Budoshoshinshu

Author: Yūzan Daidōji
Publisher: Black Belt Communications
ISBN: 9780897500968
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This 17th-century text written for the education and guidance of Japanese warriors delineates the ethics, morality and daily duties of a class of people dedicated to honor and courage. William Scott Wilson holds a master's degree in Japanese language and literature.

Samurai Wisdom

Author: Thomas Cleary
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462900569
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The ancient warrior culture of Japan produced a sophisticated martial philosophy that we know today as Bushido—the Way of the Warrior. In Samurai Wisdom, author Thomas Clearly provides five important new translations of major Japanese works on Bushido. The writings of the scholar Yamaga Soko and his disciples are among the clearest expositions we have of the core ideals and philosophy underlying the Samurai's disciplined way of life and outlook. Together they provide an in-depth, practical guide to character building and conduct according to the precepts of Bushido—a code for professional warriors that retains as much relevance in today's world as it had when these works were written 400 years ago. Yamaga's writings inspired the transformation of the Samurai from a feudal class of warriors under the command of the Shogun to a group of powerful individuals with great intellectual, political and moral leadership and influence. The works translated in Samurai Wisdom for the very first time are as timeless and important today as the works of Sun Tzu, Musashi and Clausewitz. The five Japanese works on Bushido translated in Samurai Wisdom are: The Way of the Knight by Yamaga Soko The Warrior's Rule by Tsugaru Kodo-shi Essentials of Military Matters compiled by Yamaga Takatsune The Education of Warriors by Yamaga Soko Primer of Martial Education by Yamaga Soko