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Hardcover Miyamoto Musashi is something of a folk hero in Japan, and like many others, there has been a lot of legend attached to his name. In Japan, volumes have been written about him, and there is often some debate about him, as well. All in all, Musashi makes an interesting character to learn about.
Miyamoto is perhaps most famous for his style of swordsmanship, mostly for using two swords simultaneously.
He is also famous for his pyschological tactics, his use of a wooden sword and also his fights where killing his opponent did not happen. Musashi was also an accomplished painter, gardener, and poet.
For this, and much more, he is worthy of some serious study.
It is not a detailed book, but it provides you with a good overview of the man and his life. In addition to a very well written text, the book provides some pictures of Musashi's work in paintings and so on. For such a short book, "The Lone Samurai" introduces the reader well to many aspects of this complex and deep individual.
I honestly came away from this book with a feeling of intimidation mixed with inspiration.
Musashi was man who had achieved a large amount of success in many fields, and devoted himself wholeheartedly to what he was doing. In that sense, my own lack of devotion to living life was highlighted.
Musashi is a guy who may leave you with some moments of self-reflection. It is a great book about one of the central figures in the history of Japanese martial arts.
I highly recommend it to martial artists and non-martial artists alike:Sep 14, · The samurai have a fascinating history and we explore it today, as well as the rise of the Japanese Shogunate, and the life of one of Japan's greatest warriors in this land of the rising sun.
A Turning Point In The Life Of Musashi, The Undefeated Samurai. ANCIENT HISTORY; INSTANT ARTICLES; Feb 10, Jack Knight. SHARE: Like Mushashi’s bokken, Kojiro’s skill had been slowly carved out of the raw material of his life.
Now he was gone, but his death had served no purpose.
The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi. Kindle | Hardcover | Paperback. The lone Samurai is a book about Musashi – as much as history permits us to know. Musashi was a wandering Ronin, a samurai without a master, traveling between provinces, seeking duels, testing his skill and title as the greatest swordsman to ever live.
In Musashi's last book, The Book of Five Rings (五輪書, Go Rin no Sho), Musashi seems to take a very philosophical approach to looking at the "craft of war": "There are five ways in which men pass through life: as gentlemen, warriors, farmers, artisans and merchants."Style: Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū Kenjutsu (二天一流), Enmei-ryu (圓明流), (二天流).
I am not well read on Musashi's life but like the author, I am a practitioner of both Kendo and Iaido. The book has 2 aspects to it.
first, it is an attempted reconstruction of Musashi's life from documentary evidence. second, it is a translation of the book of the 5 rings/5.
There was nothing gained by his victory, and everything lost. Like Mushashi’s bokken, Kojiro’s skill had been slowly carved out of the raw material of his life. Now he was gone, but his death had served no purpose. Musashi continued to study and teach the art of swordsmanship throughout his life, but he never again killed an opponent in a duel.