Samurai and Swordsmen CD ROM and Book

Inspired by the noble Samurai of ancient Japan, this visually stunning portfolio depicts 117 military elite in full regalia.

Author: Alan Weller

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486990109

Category: Design

Page: 48

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Inspired by the noble Samurai of ancient Japan, this visually stunning portfolio depicts 117 military elite in full regalia. Dressed in lavishly detailed costumes and brandishing swords, these historically accurate figures commemorate the courage and honor of these ancient warriors. Includes figures based on images by popular Japanese artist Kuniyoshi and his disciples.

The Samurai Swordsman

and one of the greatest swordsmen Tsukahara Bokuden, one of. There is no
more popular image of the lone samurai than that of the wandering swordsman,
traveling from place to place, fighting duels, and then wandering once more.

Author: Stephen Turnbull

Publisher: Frontline Books

ISBN: 1783838612

Category: History

Page: 213

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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.

Samurai Aikijutsu Techniques of the Samurai Swordsmen

Author: Toshishiro Obata



Category: Aikido

Page: 143

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Suburban Samurai The Asian Invasion of the San Gabriel Valley

Samurai Swordsmen One day the Great Shogun gave a reception to honor the
best swordsmen in Japan. All the top Samurai were in attendance along with
Court nobles and many beautiful geisha. A geisha approached the third highest ...

Author: Carl Schoner


ISBN: 1411698878

Category: Humor

Page: 220

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In the author's words, "A friendly invasion is an invasion nonetheless." This is a humorous, outrageous perspective of how the new wave of Asian immigrants pouring into the San Gabriel Valley has transformed life there. As seen through the eyes of the Artist/Author (who has lived in the area for 45 years) this book paints a picturesque exposi of the changing demographics of the Valley that is as serious as it it is funny. This is a wild ride of essays and cartoons that touch upon such flash-points of interest as Samurai Image and Wealth, Politics, Samurai Restaurants and Dining Experiences, Music and Entertainment, Feng Shui, the Dating Disparity Issue, the Asian Intellectual Superiority Myth, Karaoke Clubs, Suburban Samurai Supermarket Adventures, and much more! This perspective is essential reading for anyone interested in Asian American studies!

Warrior Heroes The Samurai s Assassin

“Amazing swordsmen who could take on huge numbers of ordinary men all by
themselves and kill all of them. ... The Professor considered Arthur for a moment
and then remarked, “The greatest samurai swordsmen in medieval Japan went ...

Author: Benjamin Hulme-Cross

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472907922

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 160

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Travel back in time with brothers Arthur and Finn to rewrite the past. Fascinating historical facts combine with action packed fiction to create a dramatic and gripping adventure. This fast paced and exciting narrative will leave the reader wanting more and more. Will the boys escape the grips of the Samurai and succeed in changing the course of history?

Watsuji Tetsuro s Rinrigaku

The feudal system in Japan had been held under the sway of samurai
swordsmen, whereas the feudal systems of China and Korea were entirely
different. The ruling class in these latter countries was composed of civilians
chosen on the basis ...

Author: Tetsur? Watsuji

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791430934

Category: Philosophy

Page: 381

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Watsuji Tetsuro's Rinrigaku (literally, the principles that allow us to live in friendly community) has been regarded as the definitive study of Japanese ethics for half a century. In Japan, ethics is the study of human being or ningen. As an ethical being, one negates individuality by abandoning one's independence from others. This selflessness is the true meaning of goodness.

Secrets of the Samurai

One of the first Western observers of feudal Japan, Alessandro Valignano, S.J., (
1539-1606) marveled at the speed with which a swordsman could kill his
opponent with “the first or second blow” of his sword (Cooper, 45). The use of
iaijutsu in ...

Author: Oscar Ratti

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462902545

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 400

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Secrets of the Samurai is the definitive study of the martial arts of feudal Japan, explaining in detail the weapons, techniques, strategies, and principles of combat that made the Japanese warrior a formidable foe. The work begins with a panoramic survey of the tumultuous early struggles of warlords contending for political ascendancy and then outlines the relentless progression of the military class toward absolute power. In addition to illustrating actual methods of combat, the authors discuss in detail the crucial training necessary to develop a warrior's inner power and to concentrate all his energies into a single force. Secrets of the Samurai is an essential text for anyone with an interest in Japanese combat techniques, weaponry, or military history. This edition also contains a new foreword by Adele Westbrook and numerous previously unpublished illustrations by Oscar Ratti. Chapters include: The Bushi The Heimin The Centers of Martial Instruction Armed Bujutsu Unarmed Bujutsu Control and Power Strategic Principles Morality of Bujutsu

The Swordsman s Handbook

Included in this collection are writings by Kotada Yahei Toshitada, Takuan Soho, Yagyu Munenori, Miyamoto Musashi, Matsura Seizan, Issai Chozanshi, and Yamaoka Tesshu.

Author: William Scott Wilson

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834829738

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

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There is perhaps no more potent symbol of the samurai era than the sword. By the seventeenth century in Japan, the art of swordsmanship had begun to take on an almost cult-like popularity. Swordsmanship was more than a mastery of technique; it was a path toward self-mastery. The Swordsman’s Handbook is the definitive collection of writings by men who saw the study of swordsmanship not only as essential to life and death, but as something that transcended life and death as well. Their teaching, that dealing with conflict is an art that requires grace and courage, speaks to us today with surprising immediacy and relevance. Included in this collection are writings by Kotada Yahei Toshitada, Takuan Soho, Yagyu Munenori, Miyamoto Musashi, Matsura Seizan, Issai Chozanshi, and Yamaoka Tesshu.

Lives of Master Swordsmen

What was it then that made samurai both in Edo , the seat of government , and
the domains enthusiastically strive to acquire skill in the martial arts ? The Edo
Period , after all , was a peaceful time that witnessed few internal disturbances .

Author: Makoto Sugawara



Category: Swordsmen

Page: 257

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One of the last brave swordsmen of the samurai government, he surrendered to
imperial forces and was executed at Itabashi in Tokyo. In 1853, Commodore
Perry's four warships appeared in Tokyo Bay demanding that the emperor grant
US ...

Author: Mitsuo Kure

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 146291490X

Category: History

Page: 192

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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.

Owning the Earth

The samurai in turn authorized peasants to work the tiny plots—three quarters of
the farms measured less than three ... soon reduced in number to fewer than fifty,
and their samurai swordsmen either recruited into the imperial army or into ...

Author: Andro Linklater

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408824590

Category: History

Page: 496

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Barely two centuries ago, most of the world's productive land still belonged either communally to traditional societies or to the higher powers of monarch or church. But that pattern, and the ways of life that went with it, were consigned to history as a result of the most creative – and, at the same time, destructive – cultural force in the modern era: the idea of individual, exclusive ownership of land. This notion laid waste to traditional communal civilisations, displacing entire peoples from their homelands, and brought into being a unique concept of individual freedom and a distinct form of representative government and democratic institutions. Other great civilizations, in Russia, China, and the Islamic world, evolved very different structures of land ownership, and thus very different forms of government and social responsibility. The seventeenth-century English surveyor William Petty was the first man to recognise the connection between private property and free-market capitalism; the American radical Wolf Ladejinsky redistributed land in Japan, Taiwan and South Korea after the Second World War to make possible the emergence of Asian tiger economies. Through the eyes of these remarkable individuals and many more, including Chinese emperors and German peasants, Andro Linklater here presents the evolution of land ownership to offer a radically new view of mankind's place on the planet.

Ninjas and Samurai

Miyawoto ows-so (|S34–144S) Some said that Miyamoto Musashi was --~. Q. a
very messy samurai who didn't like baths. But he was the greatest swordsman
ever! He had a duel with another samurai when he was only thirteen. A duel is
when ...

Author: Mary Pope Osborne

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0385386346

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

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The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system! Getting the facts behind the fiction has never looked better. Track the facts with Jack and Annie!! When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #5: Night of the Ninjas, they had lots of questions. What did it mean to be a ninja or a samurai? Did they really have special abilities? What was life like for them in ancient Japan? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts behind some of history’s most intriguing and secretive figures. Filled with up-to-date information, photographs, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discover in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures. And teachers can use Fact Trackers alongside their Magic Tree House fiction companions to meet common core text pairing needs. Did you know that there’s a Magic Tree House book for every kid? Magic Tree House: Adventures with Jack and Annie, perfect for readers who are just beginning chapter books Merlin Missions: More challenging adventures for the experienced reader Super Edition: A longer and more dangerous adventure Fact Trackers: Nonfiction companions to your favorite Magic Tree House adventures Have more fun with Jack and Annie at!

Samurai Spirit

SWORDSMAN. WHO. NEVER. HELD. A. SWORD. The true mastery of an art is
not the development of technique, but the mastery of self. – Martial arts adage
Yagyu Tajima no Kami Munenori was a great swordsman and teacher to the
shogun ...

Author: Burt Konzak

Publisher: Tundra Books

ISBN: 1770490655

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 232

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Named an Honor Title by the Storytelling World Awards in the category of “Storytelling Anthologies" The samurai prepared themselves for battle through physical practice, and the study of the arts. These ancient stories that inspired warriors so long ago have special significance for today’s teens who face battles of their own: battles against bullies; battles with self-doubt and lack of confidence; and battles with the injustices they see around them. Burt Konzak has taught martial arts for over 20 years and has used these stories, drawn from sources including the Hagakuri, the Book of Five Rings, and other Japanese classics, to help young people gain emotional and mental strength. Whether or not readers are interested in the martial arts, they will find centuries of wisdom in this fine collection.

The Lone Samurai

... Musashi states that “I have never had a teacher while studying the Ways of the
various arts and accomplishments, or in anything at all.” This is remarkable
coming from a man who was not only one of the most singular swordsmen of his
time, ...

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.

Sword and Brush

In the age of the samurai were swordsmen who, placing a cooked grain of rice on
the forehead of a (brave) volunteer, could with a full stroke stop their blade,
cutting the rice and leaving the forehead unblemished. The command of yoyu at ...

Author: Dave Lowry

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834825422

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 144

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This moment of perfect clarity that is the force behind all the traditional Japanese arts—from archery to flower arranging—is celebrated here in Dave Lowry's exploration of the common principles shared by calligraphy and the martial arts. Forty-two examples of Lowry's calligraphy, accompanied by his essays, show how the way of the brush reflects the strategic principles of the way of the sword. Each calligraphy represents a term from the martial arts—such as do, the way, or wa, harmony. The accompanying text amplifies our understanding of the term, what it meant to Japanese warriors, and what it means to practitioners of calligraphy and the martial arts today. What becomes clear is that these two seemingly unrelated disciplines actually partake of the same profound elemental spirit.

The Forgotten Rise

Further from his sights were two battles, one between a man and two copper clad
brutes as the other pitted one man against a set of eight samurai clad swordsmen
. His attention setting firm between those three he again spoke into the wind as ...

Author: Herbie Habisabeth

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477126694

Category: Fiction

Page: 84

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Samurai Fighting Arts

Yagyū Shinkage Ryū ' s muto - dori techniques have been famous since Japan ' s
samurai era . In the technique shown here , the swordsman , starting from
daijādan - nokamae , makes a downward cut to his opponent , who counters this
by ...

Author: Fumon Tanaka

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770028983

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 230

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This book introduces the world of traditional Japanese martial arts and will provide readers with a deeper understanding of Bushido and Japan. Also known as Kobudo, these traditional martial arts can be seen as a continuation of samurai culture and comprise a number of styles formulated in the samurai era that are still being taught today. Aiming to develop Bujutsu (martial arts) and Heiho (strategy) to the highest possible degree, the samurai devised a code consisting of over eighteen arts. A samurai should have impeccable manners and be an expert in martial arts, but he should never be a killer. His swords contained his soul, which he cultivated by learning poetry and art, and by practicing Zen meditation. The author is the world-famous Kobudo grandmaster. He knows all the Kobudo styles, and his teaching of arts such as Iaijutsu and Jujitsu fascinates many students around the world. This is his first book in English, and it offers readers the opportunity to learn the lesser known arts of Kobudo,particularly the way of Nito Ryu-the two-swords method created by the famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi, and to understand the spirit behind it. Lavishly illustrated with around 700 photographs, Samurai Fighting Arts reveals many secret skills of Kobudo. It is divided into five chapters: Kobudo and its history; Kumiuchi Hyoho; Nito Ryu - the two-sword method; Iai and Kenpo; and Classical Kenjutsu and its application.

The Religion Of The Samurai Annotated Edition

The following story about Bokuden (Tsukahara), a great swordsman, fully
illustrates this tendency: "On a certain occasion Bokuden took a ferry to cross
over the Yabase in the province of Omi. There was among the passengers a
Samurai, tall ...

Author: Kaiten Nukariya

Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag

ISBN: 3849622037


Page: 205

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This is the extended and annotated edition including * an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys Davids * an interactive table-of-contents * perfect formatting for electronic reading devices This study of Zen philosophy and the disciples in China and Japan elaborates on the differences between Mahayana Buddhism and Theraveda. The Zen sect is one of many Buddhist sects and has millions of followers worldwide. Contents: Preface To Second Edition. Preface. Introduction. Chapter I. Life Of Shakyamuni Till His Appearance At Benares As A Teacher. Chapter Ii. Life Of Buddha From His Appearance As A Teacher At Benares To The Conversion Of Rahula. Chapter Iii. From The Commencement Of Rahula's Religious Life Till The Near Approach Of The Nirvana. Chapter Iv. Last Discourses And Death Of Buddha. Chapter V. The Patriarchs Of The Northern Buddhists. Chapter Vi. Sketch Of The History Of Buddhism In China. Chapter Vii. The Schools Of Chinese Buddhism. Chapter Viii. On Chi-K'ai And The T'ien-T'ai School Of Buddhism. Chapter Ix. The Buddhist Moral System. Chapter X. The Buddhist Calendar. Chapter Xi. Relation Of Buddhism To The Older Hindoo Mythology. Chapter Xii. The Buddhist Universe. Chapter Xiii. The Extended Universe Of The Northern Buddhists. Chapter Xiv. Buddhist Images And Image Worship. Chapter Xv. Monasteries At P'u-To. Chapter Xvi. Buddhist Processions, Associations, Pilgrimages, And Ceremonies For The Dead. Chapter Xvii. Buddhist Literature. Chapter Xviii. The Leng-Yen-King.--First Chapter. Chapter Xix. The Ekashloka Shastra. Chapter Xx. Effect Of Buddhism On The Philosophy Of The Sung Dynasty. Chapter Xxi. Feng-Shui; Or, The Wind And Water Superstition Of The Chinese. Chapter Xxii. Buddhist Phraseology In Relation To Christian Teaching. Chapter Xxiii. Notice Of The Wu-Wei-Kiau, A Reformed Buddhist Sect. Chapter Xxiv. Buddhism And Tauism In Their Popular Aspects. Chapter Xxvi. Books And Papers That May Be Consulted For The Study Of Chinese Buddhism.


This history of the bokken combines the author's concise, eloquent writing style with more than 100 photographs to provide the reader with the traditional and modern perspectives of this vital, historically rich practice tool.

Author: Dave Lowry

Publisher: Black Belt Communications

ISBN: 9780897501040

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 191

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Focusing his expertise on the techniques and history of the bokken—the wooden training sword used by both ancient samurai and today’s swordsmen—the author maintains that training with the bokken is important on two levels for the modern practitioner: to build the physical stamina, rhythms, and adroit body movements of traditional swordsmanship and to achieve something of the animating spirit of the traditional swordsman. This history of the bokken combines the author's concise, eloquent writing style with more than 100 photographs to provide the reader with the traditional and modern perspectives of this vital, historically rich practice tool.

The 33 Strategies Of War

Following 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction, here is a brilliant distillation of the strategies of war to help you wage triumphant battles everyday.

Author: Robert Greene

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847651429

Category: Self-Help

Page: 496

View: 455

The third in Robert Greene's bestselling series is now available in a pocket sized concise edition. Following 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction, here is a brilliant distillation of the strategies of war to help you wage triumphant battles everyday. Spanning world civilisations, and synthesising dozens of political, philosophical, and religious texts, The Concise 33 Strategies of War is a guide to the subtle social game of everyday life. Based on profound and timeless lessons, it is abundantly illustrated with examples of the genius and folly of everyone from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher and Hannibal to Ulysses S. Grant, as well as diplomats, captains of industry and Samurai swordsmen.