• Fiction

The Samurai

Author: Shūsaku Endō
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 9780811213462
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
View: 3322
One of the late Shusaku Endo's finest works, The Samurai tells of the journey of some of the first Japanese to set foot on European soil and the resulting clash of cultures and politics.

    • Sports & Recreation

Legends of the Samurai

Author: Hiroaki Sato
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 1468301373
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 432
View: 2564
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.

    • Sports & Recreation


The Book of the Samurai
Author: Tsunetomo Yamamoto
Publisher: Kodansha Amer Incorporated
ISBN: 9784770011060
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 180
View: 3548
This book describes the short, succinct passages found in 'Hagakure', composed in the spirit of the way of thinking they reflect and outline the qualities that make a samurai: readiness to die, whatever one's cause; uncompromising loyalty; singlemindedness, preparedness, artlessness, celerity, decorum and compassion. It transcends time, space and the encumbrances of societal living by penetrating to the core of existence with the clarity and vividness of its insights.

    • History

Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back

Author: Janice P. Nimura
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393248240
Category: History
Page: 352
View: 970
"Nimura paints history in cinematic strokes and brings a forgotten story to vivid, unforgettable life." —Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha In 1871, five young girls were sent by the Japanese government to the United States. Their mission: learn Western ways and return to help nurture a new generation of enlightened men to lead Japan. Raised in traditional samurai households during the turmoil of civil war, three of these unusual ambassadors—Sutematsu Yamakawa, Shige Nagai, and Ume Tsuda—grew up as typical American schoolgirls. Upon their arrival in San Francisco they became celebrities, their travels and traditional clothing exclaimed over by newspapers across the nation. As they learned English and Western customs, their American friends grew to love them for their high spirits and intellectual brilliance. The passionate relationships they formed reveal an intimate world of cross-cultural fascination and connection. Ten years later, they returned to Japan—a land grown foreign to them—determined to revolutionize women’s education. Based on in-depth archival research in Japan and in the United States, including decades of letters from between the three women and their American host families, Daughters of the Samurai is beautifully, cinematically written, a fascinating lens through which to view an extraordinary historical moment.

    • Social Science

The Samurai

A Military History
Author: Stephen Turnbull
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134243693
Category: Social Science
Page: 316
View: 5572
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.

    • History

Inventing the Way of the Samurai

Nationalism, Internationalism, and Bushido in Modern Japan
Author: Oleg Benesch
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0198706626
Category: History
Page: 284
View: 1762
Inventing the Way of the Samurai examines the development of the 'way of the samurai' - bushid=o - in modern Japan. Bushid=o is often viewed as a defining element of the Japanese national character and even the 'soul of Japan'. This volume demonstrates that bushid=o was not a continuation of ancient traditions, but rather developed from a search for identity during Japan's modernization in the late nineteenth century. This bookconsiders the events and writings that drove the dramatic growth of bushid=o, which tended to emphasize martial virtues and absolute loyalty to the emperor, and became a key ideology before and during the Second World War. Unlike otherwartime ideologies, bushid=o was revived soon after 1945, and is a popular and influential concept in Japan and other countries today. This book further examines the characteristics of bushid=o that have allowed it to recover and again be popularly perceived as a pivotal element of Japanese culture.

    • History

The Book of Samurai

Book One: Fundamental Teachings
Author: Antony Cummins,Yoshie Minami
Publisher: Watkins Media Limited
ISBN: 1780288859
Category: History
Page: 544
View: 7522
The Book of Samurai series presents the lost arts of the samurai in the English language for the first time. Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami have brought the teachings of the famed samurai school Natori-Ry? back to life through The Book of Samurai series, and present the lost arts of the samurai in the English language for the first time. BOOK ONE is a translation of two secret scrolls and establishes the Fundamental Teachings of a samurai student, revealing the basic traditions of Natori-Ry?. The first scroll, Heika J ?dan,contains 290 lessons that define the baseline for samurai during times of peace, a time which is considered as preparation for war, focusing each student on expanding their own ability and conduct, giving them the mind-set needed for any battles to come. The second scroll, Ippei Y?k?, moves the student onto the field of battle, giving them an understanding of what is expected of them during a campaign of war and providing the necessary guidance for samurai who are to take up arms for the first time. These first two Natori-Ry? documents are an in-depth and detailed account of the practicality of samurai warfare, opening up the lost world of these Japanese warriors to all modern readers.

    • Fiction

The Cyberthief and the Samurai

Author: Jeff Goodell
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780440222057
Category: Fiction
Page: 328
View: 4630
Follows the sensational cat-and-mouse cyberspace manhunt between elusive California computer hacker Kevin Mitnick, a criminal who outwitted the FBI, and Tsutomu Shimomura, a computer crime expert who vowed to stop Mitnick. Original.

    • Business & Economics

The Samurai Listener

Author: Cash Nickerson
Publisher: Post Hill Press
ISBN: 168261526X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 212
View: 9152
Justice, courage, loyalty, self-control: these are more than words limited to the study of ancient wars and the martial arts. They are essential to the workplace wars we face daily. So, what if you could use the way of the Samurai in your daily life—especially at work? The martial arts skills of the Samurai revolve around politeness, self-control, and honesty. By using these traits as business strategies, you will develop an especially powerful tool for dealing with the subtle attacks we often face from colleagues, clients, and others competing for control, eager to succeed at our expense. By learning how to recognize these attacks, you’ll be ready to handle unexpected challenges. And by mastering these techniques, you will become a more confident and effective leader. The Samurai Listener provides specific physical and mental exercises to improve all of your interpersonal interactions, particularly in professional settings. Cash Nickerson draws upon more than thirty years of experience in human resources, the workforce, and his training in the martial arts to offer expert instruction to help anyone eager to be more successful.

    • Sports & Recreation

Soul of the Samurai

Modern Translations of Three Classic Works of Zen & Bushido
Author: Thomas Cleary
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462900313
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 160
View: 5338
Soul of the Samurai contains modern translations of three classic works of Zen & Bushido. In Soul of the Samurai, bestselling author and respected translator Thomas Cleary reveals the true essence of the Bushido code or Zen warrior teachings according to 17th-century Japanese samurai master Yagyu Munenori and his Zen teacher Takuan Soho. The three works of Zen & Bushido translated in Soul of the Samurai are: The Book of the Sword by Yagyu Munenori The Inscrutable Subtlety of Immovable Wisdom by Takuan Soho The Peerless Sword by Takuan Soho Yagyu was a renowned swordsman and chief of the Shogun's secret police, while Takuan was the Zen spiritual mentor to the Emperor. This samurai philosophy book contains the first English translations of their seminal writings on Bushido. Cleary not only provides clear and readable translations but comprehensive notes introducing the social, political, and organizational principles that defined samurai culture—their loyalty to family, their sense of service and duty, and their political strategies for dealing with allies and enemies. These writings introduce the reader to the authentic world of Zen culture and the secrets behind the samurai's success—being "in the moment" and freeing the mind from all distractions, allowing you to react instantaneously and instinctively without thinking. In these classic works we learn that Zen mental control and meditational training were as important to the Samurai as swordsmanship and fighting skills.

    • Self-Help

The Courage of a Samurai

Seven Sword-Sharp Principles for Success
Author: Lori Tsugawa Whaley
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781938686825
Category: Self-Help
Page: 264
View: 2400
The Courage of a Samurai is a Japanese American's journey into bushido, the samurai's code of ethics. Each chapter features a timeless message about Japanese and Japanese Americans who applied the principles of courage, integrity, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor, and loyalty to overcome life's challenges, and emerge stronger individuals. The Courage of a Samurai provides the reader a look 'inside' this ancient code through the lives of inspiring individuals. Why did Chiune Sugihara, aka the Japanese Schindler, save the lives of Polish and Lithuanian Jews during World War II against the orders of the Japanese and Lithuanian governments? Understand the meaning of Honor in Saigo Takamori's, aka The Last Samurai, determination to preserve the samurai's way of life. Learn why "Go for Broke!" was the motto of the famous World War II all-Nisei 100th/442nd RCT, and discover why this simple motto reflects the essence of the way of the warrior. The Code of Bushido can guide us through the challenges we all face, and inspire us to live a life of honor, courage, and integrity in today's fast-paced and changing world. Sharpen your sword, and let the journey begin!

    • History

The Samurai of Japan

A Chronology from Their Origin in the Heian Era (794-1185) to the Modern Era
Author: Dorothy Perkins
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 9780788145254
Category: History
Page: 120
View: 3986
A chronology of the origins & development of Japanese samurai (warriors) from their origins in early Japan to the overthrow of samurai rule by the Meiji Restoration of 1868 & the consequent ending of samurai privileges in Japan. Detailed information on the samurai governments that ruled Japan: the Kamakura Shogunate (1185-1333), Ashikaga or Muromachi Shogunate (1338-1573), & the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1867). Tells the fascinating history of the intricate connections between warriors & aristocrats. A companion volume to Japan Goes to War: A Chronology of Modern Japanese Expansion from the Meiji Era to the Attack on Pearl Harbor (1868-1941)Ó.

    • Fiction

The Last Samurai

Author: Helen DeWitt
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 0811225518
Category: Fiction
Page: 576
View: 455
Called “remarkable” (The Wall Street Journal) and “an ambitious, colossal debut novel” (Publishers Weekly), Helen DeWitt’s The Last Samurai is back in print at last Helen DeWitt’s 2000 debut, The Last Samurai, was “destined to become a cult classic” (Miramax). The enterprising publisher sold the rights in twenty countries, so “Why not just, ‘destined to become a classic?’” (Garth Risk Hallberg) And why must cultists tell the uninitiated it has nothing to do with Tom Cruise? Sibylla, an American-at-Oxford turned loose on London, finds herself trapped as a single mother after a misguided one-night stand. High-minded principles of child-rearing work disastrously well. J. S. Mill (taught Greek at three) and Yo Yo Ma (Bach at two) claimed the methods would work with any child; when these succeed with the boy Ludo, he causes havoc at school and is home again in a month. (Is he a prodigy, a genius? Readers looking over Ludo’s shoulder find themselves easily reading Greek and more.) Lacking male role models for a fatherless boy, Sibylla turns to endless replays of Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai. But Ludo is obsessed with the one thing he wants and doesn’t know: his father’s name. At eleven, inspired by his own take on the classic film, he sets out on a secret quest for the father he never knew. He’ll be punched, sliced, and threatened with retribution. He may not live to see twelve. Or he may find a real samurai and save a mother who thinks boredom a fate worse than death.

    • Juvenile Fiction

The Boy and the Samurai

Author: Erik Christian Haugaard
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618615117
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 221
View: 650
Saru, a street urchin in sixteenth-century Japan, learns to survive by his wits in a city torn by war.

    • Philosophy

The Way of the Samurai

Author: Inazo Nitobe
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
ISBN: 1788880382
Category: Philosophy
Page: N.A
View: 8433
This classic text by Inazo Nitobe defining the moral code of the warrior class or Samurai has had a huge impact both in the West and in Japan itself. Drawing on Japanese traditions such as Shinto and Buddhism, and citing parallels with Western philosophy and literature, Nitobe's text is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the culture and morals of Japan.

    • Fiction

The Samurai

A Novel
Author: Julia Kristeva
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231075428
Category: Fiction
Page: 341
View: 6995
Follows twenty-five years in the lives of Olga, a young woman from an Eastern European country, and her friends, a group of European intellectuals, modelled on some of the leading names in the field, as they move from Paris in the late 1960s to Maoist China and New York, and back to Paris

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

Japan in the Days of the Samurai

Author: Virginia Schomp
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
ISBN: 9780761403043
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 80
View: 5296
Describes the Japanese way of life during the samurai eras through information about the politics, military, culture, and the belief system; also indicates the legacy of the period.

    • Sports & Recreation

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
View: 505
An anthology of 12 samurai manuscripts showing the meaning and guiding principles of samurai life.

    • Religion

Jesus and the Samurai

The Shining Religion and the Samurai
Author: Michael Zomber
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 144017685X
Category: Religion
Page: 48
View: 3743
By 250 AD, Christianity had spread throughout India and China. Known as the Shining Religion or the Luminous Teaching, it drew adherents from Buddhism and Hinduism who were seeking a faith that taught the possibility of achieving a society founded on love and compassion for their fellow man. The new doctrine reached the island nation of Japan where it was so well received that Christianity threatened to supplant Buddhism as the dominant religion. By the close of the 16th century Japanese Christians numbered in the millions. Fifty years later Christianity was officially proscribed and Christians faced execution for openly practicing their faith. Jesus and the Samurai tells their fascinating story with facts drawn from ancient and modern sources.

    • History

The Samurai Tradition

Author: Stephen R. Turnbull
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9781873410226
Category: History
Page: 617
View: 4107
Turnbull brings together in these two volumes many of the most significant writings on the culture and conceits of the samurai over the last fifty years. The 'tradition' naturally falls into two halves divided historically by the Tokugawa ascendancy (1603-1868): 'The Age of War' and 'The Age of Peace'. Turnbull contributes a full introduction and reviews the major themes treated by the contributors.