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.


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?

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.

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

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 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...

Das alte Japan

Sagen, Mythen, Märchen, Bräuche
Author: Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford Redesdale,Kim Landgraf
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783866471436
Page: 558
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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.

Vergib uns unsere Sünden

Author: R.J. Ellory
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641048044
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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Ein brutaler Serienkiller, korrupte Politiker und skrupellose CIA -Agenten Inmitten der heißen Wahlphase will man in Washington eigentlich nichts von einem Serienkiller hören. Doch nach dem vierten Mord sind auch die Medien nicht mehr zurückzuhalten. Für den ermittelnden Detective Robert Miller sind allerdings nicht nur Motiv und Täter rätselhaft, auch die Opfer stellen ihn vor Fragen. Denn die vier ermordeten Frauen existierten offiziell gar nicht. Je weiter Miller nachforscht, desto mysteriöser wird der Fall. Schließlich gerät er in ein Netz so dunkler Machenschaften, dass er um sein eigenes Leben bangen muss ...


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.

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune

Author: Pamela S. Turner
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
ISBN: 1607348489
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 256
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Minamoto Yoshitsune should not have been a samurai. But his story is legend in this real-life saga. This epic warrior tale reads like a novel, but this is the true story of the greatest samurai in Japanese history. When Yoshitsune was just a baby, his father went to war with a rival samurai family—and lost. His father was killed, his mother captured, and his surviving half-brother banished. Yoshitsune was sent away to live in a monastery. Skinny, small, and unskilled in the warrior arts, he nevertheless escaped and learned the ways of the samurai. When the time came for the Minamoto clan to rise up against their enemies, Yoshitsune answered the call. His daring feats and impossible bravery earned him immortality. From the Hardcover edition.

The Samurai's Daughter

A Japanese Legend
Author: Robert D. San Souci,Stephen Johnson
Publisher: Puffin HC
ISBN: 9780140562842
Category: Children's literature
Page: 32
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A Japanese folk tale about the brave daughter of a samurai warrior and her journey to be reunited with her exiled father.

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.

Mastering the Samurai Sword

A Full-Color, Step-by-Step Guide [DVD Included]
Author: Cary Nemeroff
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 9780804839556
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 224
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Includes instructional DVD. People the world over are fascinated by the legends of the fearsome Japanese samurai warriors and their skill with the sword. While the samurai themselves may no longer exist, the enduring legacy of samurai swordsmanship lives on. It is still taught and used today in the martial arts iai-jutsu and ken-jutsu. Mastering the Samurai Sword is an indispensable guide to the intriguing and challenging skills of the samurai. A perfect introduction to the samurai sword, this instructional guide not only covers the history, evolution and philosophy of the classic samurai weapon, but also provides practical guidance for mastering the samurai sword yourself. Beginners will learn everything from proper attire and behavior in the dojo to how they might practice at home, while more experienced users of the samurai sword will find a new appreciation for the deeper meaning and tradition behind the graceful way of the sword.