Legends of the Samurai

Author: Hiroaki Sato
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 1468301373
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 432
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Over the decades the reputation of the samurai has grown to mythical proportions, owing to such films as Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and Yojimbo as well as works such as James Clavell's epic Shogun. In Legends of the Samurai, Hiroaki Sato confronts both the history and the legend of the samurai, untangling the two to present an authentic picture of these legendary warriors. Through his masterful translations of original samurai tales, laws, dicta, reports, and arguments accompanied by insightful commentary, Sato chronicles the changing ethos of the Japanese warrior from the samurai's historical origins to his rise to political power. A fascinating look at Japanese history as seen through the evolution of the samurai, Legends of the Samurai stands as the ultimate authority on its subject.

The First Samurai

The Life and Legend of the Warrior Rebel, Taira Masakado
Author: Karl Friday
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 047176082X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 220
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"In The First Samurai, you'll discover the amazing true story of Taira Masakado, Japan's first samurai hero. This account traces the roots of Masakado's "bloody feud with local rivals, including his uncles and brothers-in-law. It explains how apparently trifling squabbles grew into years of bitter provincial warfare involving thousands of highly trained samurai." "Filled with harrowing battle scenes, portraits of early Japan, and astounding legends of Masakado's celebrated life after death, The First Samurai is a must-read for anyone interested in the samurai, early Japanese history, and a whopping good tale well told."--BOOK JACKET.

Satsuma Gishiden

The Legend of the Satsuma Samurai
Author: Hiroshi Hirata
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781593075187
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Page: 275
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Set in Edo-era Japan, follows a group of highly skilled samurai trying to find their role in society in a time of peace.

Tales of Old Japan

Folklore, Fairy Tales, Ghost Stories and Legends of the Samurai
Author: A. B. Mitford
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486120260
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
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Grisly accounts of revenge and knightly exploits, a fascinating eyewitness account of a hara-kiri ceremony, tales of vampires and samurai, Buddhist sermons, and the plots of four Noh plays. 38 illustrations.

The Legend of the Forty-Seven Ronin

A History of One of the Greatest Samurai Stories of All Time
Author: Jennifer Warner
Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides
ISBN: 1621075117
Category: History
Page: N.A
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Revenge. Murder. Honor. These are the ingredients of one of the greatest samurai legends of all time: The Forty-Seven Ronin--the legend of samurai who take revenge on a court official who leaves them leaderless. With a gripping narrative, HistoryCaps takes you back in time for a look at perhaps the greatest samurai tales in the history of Japan. HistoryCaps is an imprint of BookCaps Study Guides. With each book, a brief period of history is recapped. We publish a wide array of topics (from baseball and music to science and philosophy), so check our growing catalogue regularly to see our newest books.

The Religion Of The Samurai (Annotated Edition)

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.


Author: Jim Ollhoff
Publisher: ABDO
ISBN: 9781604532876
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 32
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Describes various weapons used in the martial arts including the nunchaku, the sai and bo, escrima sticks, bladed weapons, and projectile weapons.


The Legend of a Samurai
Author: Matthew Moore
Publisher: Publishamerica Incorporated
ISBN: 9781413753189
Category: Fiction
Page: 211
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In the time of Sengoku Jidai, the period of feudal Japan in civil war, numerous warlords vie for the title of the Shogun of Japan. In this interlude of anarchy, power is earned through the sword and sword alone. Each warlord commands legions of fierce warriors called samurai, soldiers who are armed to the teeth and all too eager to spill their blood for their warlord if called upon to do battle. As Japan battles itself in an effort to declare a new ruler, Lai Ming, a young woman serving as a translator for an arms shipment from China, finds herself stranded in this foreign land with no allies except for a man named Tora, the son of a warlord caught in a power struggle with his younger brother. Although not fully understanding why he treats her with a kindness unparalleled in this hostile land, she has no choice but to follow him on his own journey to reclaim the power stripped from him through the manipulation of his enemies. Can Lai Ming survive in the midst of feudal anarchy, assassin attacks at every turn, and the prejudice of a stubborn nation against her? And can Lai Ming find her way back home while roaming the lands of Japan with an outcast set in his own journey, her feelings for this amiable vagrant growing stronger all the while?

The Damascus Chronicle of the Crusades

Extracted and Translated from the Chronicle of Ibn Al-Qalanisi
Author: H. A. R. Gibb
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486143406
Category: History
Page: 368
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Remarkable contemporary account of early Crusades by one of Damascus' leading citizens covers events of 1097–1159. Based on both written and oral reports, colorful narrative relates every particular of life during wartime.

Ideals of the Samurai

Writings of Japanese Warriors
Author: William Scott Wilson,Gregory Lee
Publisher: Black Belt Communications
ISBN: 9780897500814
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 143
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An anthology of 12 samurai manuscripts showing the meaning and guiding principles of samurai life.

Japan at War: An Encyclopedia

An Encyclopedia
Author: Louis G. Perez
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1598847422
Category: History
Page: 615
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This compelling reference focuses on the events, individuals, organizations, and ideas that shaped Japanese warfare from early times to the present day. • Topic finder lists • A comprehensive timeline • 10 maps of key military theaters • Essential primary source documents related to the military history of Japan

Tales of the Samurai

Author: James S. de Benneville
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486162222
Category: Fiction
Page: 512
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A young lord undertakes the restoration of his family's fortunes and honor in this gripping retelling of a 15th-century Japanese epic. Gripping and evocative, this excellent translation recounts rebellions, plots, and battles.

The Legend of Novo - Samurai Rise (Part 1)

Author: Amir Avitzur
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780990390534
Page: N.A
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The Legend of Novo book series is about ordinary people with extraordinary gifts. It is a story of time traveling and the power to observe humanity's past mistakes at the risk of creating new ones.After returning from her life changing adventures in 17th century England, Ashley comes across a forgotten book about Japan's ancient era. Ashley convinces the mysterious Semita to send her back in time in search of Aiko, a talented young artist. In Heian-Kyo she discovers a young woman who cannot observe any longer and a powerful warrior who wants to change her future. Once again, Ashley is faced with a decision which will alter people's lives and humanity's future...

History of the Civil War, 1861-1865

Author: James Ford Rhodes
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486137783
Category: History
Page: 528
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1917 Pulitzer Prize–winner is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding studies — and first unbiased history — of the Civil War. "...very attractive volume." — American Historical Review. Notes. 2 maps. Introduction.

The Vampire Book

The Encyclopedia of the Undead
Author: J Gordon Melton
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
ISBN: 1578593506
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 944
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The Ultimate Collection of Vampire Facts and Fiction Death and immortality, sexual prowess and surrender, intimacy and alienation, rebellion and temptation. The allure of the vampire is eternal. The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead, Third edition, explores the historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular aspects of one of the world's most mesmerizing paranormal subject. This vast reference is an alphabetical tour of the psychosexual, macabre world of the soul-sucking undead. In the first fully revised and updated edition in a decade, Dr. J. Gordon Melton (president of the American chapter of the Transylvania Society of Dracula) bites even deeper into vampire lore, myths, reported realities, and legends that come from all around the world. From Vlad the Impaler to Dracula and from modern literature to movies and TV series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, Twilight, and The Vampire Lestat, this exhaustive guide furnishes more than 400 essays to quench your thirst for facts, biographies, definitions, and more.

The 33 Strategies of War

Author: Robert Greene,Joost Elffers
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101147344
Category: Psychology
Page: 496
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Strategies of war—and the subtle social game of everyday life—by the bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power Robert Greene’s groundbreaking guides, The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, and Mastery espouse profound, timeless lessons from the events of history to help readers vanquish an enemy, ensnare an unsuspecting victim, or become the greatest in your field. In The 33 Strategies of War, Greene has crafted an important addition to this ruthless and unique series. Spanning world civilizations, synthesizing dozens of political, philosophical, and religious texts and thousands of years of violent conflict, The 33 Strategies of War is a comprehensive guide to the subtle social game of everyday life informed by the most ingenious and effective military principles in war. Structured in Greene’s trademark style, The 33 Strategies of War is the I-Ching of conflict, the contemporary companion to Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. Abundantly illustrated with examples from history, including the folly and genius of everyone from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, Shaka the Zulu to Lord Nelson, Hannibal to Ulysses S. Grant, as well as movie moguls, Samurai swordsmen, and diplomats, each of the thirty-three chapters outlines a strategy that will help you win life’s wars. Learn the offensive strategies that require you to maintain the initiative and negotiate from a position of strength, or the defensive strategies designed to help you respond to dangerous situations and avoid unwinnable wars. The great warriors of battlefields and drawing rooms alike demonstrate prudence, agility, balance, and calm, and a keen understanding that the rational, resourceful, and intuitive always defeat the panicked, the uncreative, and the stupid. An indispensable book, The 33 Strategies of War provides all the psychological ammunition you need to overcome patterns of failure and forever gain the upper hand. From the Hardcover edition.

Secrets of the Samurai

The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan
Author: Oscar Ratti,Adele Westbrook
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. Beginning with a panoramic survey of the tumultuous early struggles of warlords contending for political ascendancy, the work 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 Samurai

A Military History
Author: Stephen Turnbull
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134243626
Category: Social Science
Page: 316
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First published in 1977, The Samurai has long since become a standard work of reference. It continues to be the most authoritative work on samurai life and warfare published outside Japan. Set against the background of Japan's social and political history, the book records the rise and rise of Japan's extraordinary warrior class from earliest times to the culmination of their culture, prowess and skills as manifested in the last great battle they were ever to fight - that of Osaka Castle in 1615.

Inventing the Way of the Samurai

Nationalism, Internationalism, and Bushidō in Modern Japan
Author: Oleg Benesch
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 019101673X
Category: History
Page: 280
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Inventing the Way of the Samurai examines the development of the 'way of the samurai' - bushidō - which is popularly viewed as a defining element of the Japanese national character and even the 'soul of Japan'. Rather than a continuation of ancient traditions, however, bushidō developed from a search for identity during Japan's modernization in the late nineteenth century. The former samurai class were widely viewed as a relic of a bygone age in the 1880s, and the first significant discussions of bushidō at the end of the decade were strongly influenced by contemporary European ideals of gentlemen and chivalry. At the same time, Japanese thinkers increasingly looked to their own traditions in search of sources of national identity, and this process accelerated as national confidence grew with military victories over China and Russia. Inventing the Way of the Samurai considers the people, events, and writings that drove the rapid growth of bushidō, which came to emphasize martial virtues and absolute loyalty to the emperor. In the early twentieth century, bushidō became a core subject in civilian and military education, and was a key ideological pillar supporting the imperial state until its collapse in 1945. The close identification of bushidō with Japanese militarism meant that it was rejected immediately after the war, but different interpretations of bushidō were soon revived by both Japanese and foreign commentators seeking to explain Japan's past, present, and future. This volume further explores the factors behind the resurgence of bushidō, which has proven resilient through 130 years of dramatic social, political, and cultural change.

Secrets of the Samurai

Author: Carol Gaskin
Publisher: Camelot
ISBN: 9780380760404
Category: History
Page: 125
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Describes the legendary fighters of ancient Japan, their origin, daily life, training, weapons, and more