Books

Miyamoto Musashi: A Life in Arms

Miyamoto Musashi: A Life in Arms

Drawing on a large number of neglected original sources, A Life in Arms reveals how events deeply buried in Musashi's past set him on the hard path to prove himself a "swordsman without equal" — a path that began with the brutal slaying of Arima Kihei, led to the fall of the illustrious Yoshioka clan, and culminated in his dramatic encounter with Sasaki Kojirō on Ganryū island.


Victory Through Endurance: The History of the Yagyū Clan

This is the true story of the eventful history of the famous Yagyū clan, whose resilience in the face of irresistible forces enabled them to outweather the raging storms of fortune and remain standing, alive and well, their spirit intact. In doing so, they gave birth to an art of fencing that has survived for more than a half a millennium: the Yagyū Shinkage-ryū.


The Real Musashi: The Bushu denraiki

The Real Musashi: The Bushūdenraiki

This earliest and most reliable record of the life and exploits of Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584–1645) — his troubled relations with his father, his first battle experience during Japan's period of unification, the sad death of his illegitimate child, and of course his legendary duel on Ganryū island.



The Real Musashi: The Bukoden

The Real Musashi: The Bukōden

Toyoda Masanaga's informative record completed in 1755 of the later life and exploits of Japan's greatest swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584–1645), —his adoption of Iori, his return to Kyushu in 1634, and the gestation of his great work on the philosophy and art of Japanese swordsmanship, the Book of Five Rings.



The Real Musashi: A Miscellany

The real Musashi: A Miscellany

A collection of hitherto neglected sources including the Tomari jinja munefuda, the Kaijō monogatari, the Numata kaki, the Yoshioka-den, the Watanabe kōan taikiwa, the Honchō bugei shoden, the Korō usawa, the Kōkō zatsuroku, the Harima kagami, the Seiryūwa, the Gekken sōdan, the Tōsakushi, and the Mimasa ryakushi.



Musashi: Fact & Fiction

Drawing on a large number of neglected original sources, A Life in Arms reveals how events deeply buried in Musashi's past set him on the hard path to prove himself a "swordsman without equal" — a path that began with the brutal slaying of Arima Kihei, led to the fall of the illustrious Yoshioka clan, and culminated in his dramatic encounter with Sasaki Kojirō on Ganryū island.



Famous Japanese Swordsmen: The Two Courts Period

Famous Japanese Swordsmen: Of the Two Courts Period

True stories of the two greatest sword heroes of the Two Courts Period (1333–92). This period was a turning point in Japan's medieval era, a time when an unbridgeable rift appeared in the fragile fabric of Japanese feudal society. On each side stood a separate imperial court, each with its own army and its own agenda.



Famous Japanese Swordsmen: Of the Warring States Period

True stories of the two greatest sword heroes of the Waring States Period (1469–1573). This was the most destructive period in Japan’s history. It was a time when thousands of warriors either perished or persevered on the strength of their martial skills.



Famous Japanese Swordsmen: The Period of Unification

Famous Japanese Swordsmen: Of the Period of Unification

True stories of the two greatest sword heroes of the Period of Unification (1573–1615). After more than two centuries of civil strife Japan finally found its way back to peace and order under three successive rulers: Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu.



Pars Japonica: The First Dutch Expedition to Reach Japan

Pars Japonica: The First Dutch Expedition to Reach Japan

This is the harrowing account of a voyage beset with treachery, betrayal, mutiny, and mayhem, but one that finally reached Japan the under command of William Adams, the real-life hero of James Clavell’s best-selling novel Shogun, and changed the course of history.



Japanese Scrolls: Their History, Art & Craft

Japanese Scrolls: Their History, Art & Craft

This is the first work to explore in full scope the history, art, and craft of the Japanese scroll. From its ancient Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese origins, its long Japanese history, through its formats, materials, and usage, down to the fascinating wet-and-dry process by which it is still made—a tradition that has remained virtually unchanged for more than a thousand years.


A Dictionary of Japanese Idioms

A Dictionary of Japanese Idioms

The most comprehensive compilation and English translation of Japanese idiomatic expressions, with more than 7000 idiomatic phrases under 1000 main entries, including several thousands of idioms never presented and explained in English before.



A Dictionary of Japanese Proverbs

A Dictionary of Japanese Proverbs

Companion volume to the author’s comprehensive Dictionary of Japanese Idioms, providing English equivalents or translations of over 1000 Japanese proverbs, with extensive cross-referencing leading to related expressions.




Iaido: The History, Teachings and Practice of Japanese Swordsmanship

Iaidō: The History, Teachings, and Practice of Japanese Swordsmanship

This book explains the techniques of the Edo period's most prominent school and gives the reader a fascinating insight in the history and martial ethics that underpin the modern day practice of Japanese fencing, an art known to the Japanese as Iaidō.



A History of Japanese Journalism: Japan’s Press Clubs as the Last Obstacle to a Mature Press

A History of Japanese Journalism: Press Clubs, the Last Obstacle to a Mature Press

This study represents the first full history in the English language of Japanese journalism, from the 'pre-press' period of the seventeenth century, on to the Treaty Port years of the late nineteenth century, the pre-war militarist period, and finally the post-war 'liberation' of the press and the controversial role its press clubs came to play.



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