The Samurai Swordsman

Author: Stephen Turnbull
Publisher: Frontline Books
ISBN: 1473817935
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The Samurai Swordsman from the Author: Stephen Turnbull. 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.

Myths Legends Of Japan

Author: Frederick Hadland Davis
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 146560796X
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Myths Legends Of Japan from the Author: Frederick Hadland Davis. Pierre Loti in Madame Chrysanthème, Gilbert and Sullivan in The Mikado, and Sir Edwin Arnold in Seas and Lands, gave us the impression that Japan was a real fairyland in the Far East. We were delighted with the prettiness and quaintness of that country, and still more with the prettiness and quaintness of the Japanese people. We laughed at their topsy-turvy ways, regarded the Japanese woman, in her rich-coloured kimono, as altogether charming and fascinating, and had a vague notion that the principal features of Nippon were the tea-houses, cherry-blossom, and geisha. Twenty years ago we did not take Japan very seriously. We still listen to the melodious music of The Mikado, but now we no longer regard Japan as a sort of glorified willow-pattern plate. The Land of the Rising Sun has become the Land of the Risen Sun, for we have learnt that her quaintness and prettiness, her fairy-like manners and customs, were but the outer signs of a great and progressive nation. To-day we recognise Japan as a power in the East, and her victory over the Russian has made her army and navy famous throughout the world. The Japanese have always been an imitative nation, quick to absorb and utilise the religion, art, and social life of China, and, having set their own national seal upon what they have borrowed from the Celestial Kingdom, to look elsewhere for material that should strengthen and advance their position. This imitative quality is one of Japan's most marked characteristics. She has ever been loath to impart information to others, but ready at all times to gain access to any form of knowledge likely to make for her advancement. In the fourteenth century Kenkō wrote in his Tsure-dzure-gusa: "Nothing opens one's eyes so much as travel, no matter where," and the twentieth-century Japanese has put this excellent advice into practice. He has travelled far and wide, and has made good use of his varied observations. Japan's power of imitation amounts to genius. East and West have contributed to her greatness, and it is a matter of surprise to many of us that a country so long isolated and for so many years bound by feudalism should, within a comparatively short space of time, master our Western system of warfare, as well as many of our ethical and social ideas, and become a great world-power. But Japan's success has not been due entirely to clever imitation, neither has her place among the foremost nations been accomplished with such meteor-like rapidity as some would have us suppose.

Japanese Mythology

Author: Jim Ollhoff
Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
ISBN: 1617840262
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Japanese Mythology from the Author: Jim Ollhoff. Who is Hachiman? What is the Seven Gods of Fortune? Why are myths so important in our lives? Myths are a rich source of history. People use them to make sense of our world. Even before myths were written down, people told and retold the stories of the gods and goddesses of their homeland. Readers of Japanese Mythology will learn the history of myths, as well as their deeper meaning. From the ruler of the heavens Amaterasu to Ryujin, the dragon-king of the sea, this book helps kids understand the myths that shape and direct peopleĂŤs lives. ABDO & Daughters is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Storytelling In Japanese Art

Author: Masako Watanabe
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
ISBN: 1588394409
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Storytelling In Japanese Art from the Author: Masako Watanabe. Presents 17 classic Japanese stories as told through 30 illustrated handscrolls ranging from the 13th to 19th centuries.

The Misenchanted Sword

Author: Lawrence Watt-Evans
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
ISBN: 1587152827
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The Misenchanted Sword from the Author: Lawrence Watt-Evans. Ethshar and the Northern Empire have been at war for hundreds of years. No one remembers why anymore or over what. No one dreams it could ever end until a wizard creates a sword that makes its user unbeatable.

Swords Oaths And Prophetic Visions

Author: Elizabeth Oyler
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824829223
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Swords Oaths And Prophetic Visions from the Author: Elizabeth Oyler. Investigates some historically important political and social issues raised by the Genpei War (1180-1185). This epic civil conflict, which ushered in Japan's age of the warriors, is famously articulated in the monumental narrative Heike monogatari (The Tale of the Heike).

Handbook Of Japanese Mythology

Author: Michael Ashkenazi
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1576074676
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Handbook Of Japanese Mythology from the Author: Michael Ashkenazi. An introductory guide to the mythology of Japan—one of the most pervasive yet least understood facets of Japanese culture.