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Miyamoto Musashi ‒ was the legendary Samurai The ePUB #9734 samurai known throughout the world as a master swordsman spiritual seeker and author of the classic book on strategy the Book of Five Rings Over years after his death Musashi and his legacy still fascinate us and continue to inspire artists authors and filmmakers Here respected tran. 35 stars This tells the story of perhaps the most skilled and certainly the most famous of the samurai swordsmen of the Edo period in Japan Known for having fought at the battle of Sekigahara which brought the Tokugawa Shogunate to power and never losing one of the sixty duels he was said to have undertaken Musashi has become a legend Surprisingly he was a ronin a masterless samurai and even a shugyosha or itinerant wandering swordsman as opposed to the perhaps popularly imagined established warrior affiliated with or even leading a famous clan or house; thus the book’s title of “The Lone Samurai” I find it intriguing that one of the greatest heroes of a culture that seems to have enshrined the values of obedience to one’s lord even to the point of death and compliance to the s of society upon which one’s honour is based is a man who appears to have been something of an individualist and a loner a man intent on making his own way regardless of the opinions of others or even uite often the social standards of his day Indeed despite being born into a culture based on influence and patronage Musashi stands out as a man who claimed to have no teacher in the various Ways he pursued and he was not only a swordsman but also an artist metallurgist and perhaps even a Zen master Is this the height of self aggrandizing arrogance or merely astonishing talent and individualism It is perhaps because of this that Musashi can be seen as “the ultimate outsider” despite his cordial relationships with several high ranking daimyoThere is certainly something of hero worship in this narrative of Musashi’s life though one must admit that he seems to have been a figure of immense talent and drive On the one hand the author’s research has obviously been extensive and his knowledge of the culture and era is impressive Wilson has done his best to stick to the facts as many as are known anyway and present a historically accurate version of a life that has subseuently become shrouded in myth and legend On the other hand I did sometimes find myself shaking my head at his penchant for attributing to Musashi specific thoughts and feelings declaring what Musashi “must have thought” or “must have felt” based on for example his own interpretation of the swordsman’s ink paintings or using a passage from Musashi’s writings to go on and imagine a hypothetical conversation the swordsman may have had with a famous daimyo or Buddhist monk of his acuaintance One gets the impression that he is so close to his subject that he feels he has gained an intuitive insight into Musashi’s character based on what I think can be fairly called circumstantial evidence This being said though I can’t wholly blame him for indulging in such speculationsIn addition to providing an informative framework for Musashi’s life the book also gave me some insight into some of the foundations of Musashi’s thoughts on the martial arts Psychology knowing and exploiting one’s enemy and fluidity of thought and movement appear to have been keys to Musashi’s Way of the Sword His teachings appear to promote individuality in his students as opposed to slavish emulation of a ‘perfect style’ as is appropriate for such an apparent individualist One must not be beholden to a particular style stance or weapon but be open to whatever proves necessary to be able to respond to events as they unfold There are no secret stances thrusts or movements in Musashi’s work and one becomes a master of the sword primarily through rigorous practice keen observation and openness to any circumstance that may occurAfter the main portion of the text detailing Musashi’s life and thought is complete the remainder of the book and a significant portion is taken up by the appendices These cover the various developments of the story of Musashi in Japanese culture both traditional and popular from kabuki and bunraku drama to novels movies and manga; the possible influences on his famous work on the way of the sword The Book of Five Rings from other sources such as Sun Tzu The Mysterious Record of Immovable Wisdom a contemporary work that examines the connections between martial arts and the philosophy of Zen by the Zen Buddhist monk Takuan Soho and the famous swordsman Yagyu Munenori’s martial arts manual The Life Giving Sword There is also an exhaustive list of the movies based on Musashi’s lifeAll in all I’d say this is a great place to start for a look at the ‘real’ life of the legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi especially after you have thrilled to his fanciful though perhaps not any exceptional adventures in Eiji Yoshikawa’s Musashi or Takehiko Inoue’s Vagabond

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The Lone Samurai The Life of Miyamoto MusashiS was about mastery of the mind rather than simply technical prowess and it is this path to mastery that is the Lone Samurai The Kindle #211 core teaching in his Book of Five Rings This volume includes supplemental material on Musashi’s legacy as a martial arts icon his impact on literature and film and the influence of his Book of Five Ring. This book paints a picture of an extraordinary man from a culture markedly different from current day American culture I admit that I don't know much about the Edo period in Japan and thus most of the names of the people that Mushashi encountered during his life meant little to me I suppose to truly appreciate the man you need to understand the times and the culture in which he lived I came away with a sense of who Mushashi was but much of the Zen Buddhist philosophy was lost on me I felt there was uite a bit of unnecessary repetition of his character in the book I got the point that his Way was to empty his mind of everything but the task at hand and to live fully in the moment He lived a wanderer's existence with no care to acuisition He had no formal education and yet was very well educated and accomplished in the arts in addition to being an undefeated swordsman I feel this book was geared toward a student of Japanese history and culture than just the curious reader who wanted to know what made Musashi so special and revered

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The Lone Samurai The Life of Miyamoto Musashi Download ð 104 ↠ ❴Epub❵ ➚ The Lone Samurai The Life of Miyamoto Musashi Author William Scott Wilson – Miyamoto Musashi 1584‒1645 was the legendary samurai known throughout the world as a master swordsman spiritual seeker andSlator and expert on samurai culture William Scott Wilson has created The Lone Kindle both a vivid account of a fascinating period in feudal Japan and a portrait of the courageous iconoclastic samurai who wrestled with philosophical and spiritual ideas that are as relevant today as they were in his time For Musashi the way of the martial art. “It is difficult to imagine another character from either history or literature who has captured the imagination of a people Miyamoto Musashi did not change the politics or shape events in Japanese history Nor did he write a work that would affect a genre of literature or poems that would become classics Yet there is something at the heart of his story that has commanded the attention of the Japanese people and others who have heard it The story as told in any one iteration – any play movie novel or comic book is never definitive enough The story of Musashi even in its paucity of facts is much too large to fit once and for all in any single package”At the age of thirteen Miyamoto Musashi won his first duel by the age of thirty he had fought around sixty and had lost none most ending in the death or serious injury of his opponent After the age of thirty although he still fought he chose to no longer kill or harm his opponents he merely blocked thwarted and demonstrated the weaknesses in their style of swordplay until they gave up and understood that he was the better swordsman This alone would be enough to create a legend of his life if it were all and yet as the uote above states there’s much much Musashi was not only one of the greatest swordsman of his time he was also a poet an extraordinarily skilled painter sculptor metallurgist garden designer and philosopher and in a time when a career as a Samurai meant being indentured to a master Musashi followed his own path committing his life to the way of the warriorMusashi was active during a period called the Kyoto Renaissance 1550 – 1650 after suffering a disastrous 150 years of internal conflict with ancient temples artwork and libraries lost for all time Japan was brought back to unification and with it a path to peace and following that peace came economic prosperity and a renewed blossoming of the arts in almost every arena This flourishing reached across all facets of Japanese culture raising to greater heights everything from castle architecture and classical poetry through to the martial arts with new schools hanging up their shingles all over Japan; this was also the period when the Tea Ceremony reached its zenith All of this fed into the mind of Miyamoto and was to resurface years later in his book 五輪書 Go Rin no Sho The Book of Five Rings this was written as five chapters and represented his views the chapters wereThe Book of Earth chapter serves as an introduction and metaphorically discusses martial arts leadership and training as building a houseThe Book of Water chapter describes Musashi's style Ni ten ichi ryu or Two Heavens One Style It describes some basic techniue and fundamental principlesThe Book of Fire chapter refers to the heat of battle and discusses matters such as different types of timingThe Book of Wind chapter is something of a pun since the Japanese character can mean both wind and style eg of martial arts It discusses what Musashi considers to be the failings of various contemporary schools of swordfightingThe Book of the Void chapter is a short epilogue describing in esoteric terms Musashi's probably Zen influenced thoughts on consciousness and the correct mind setIt says in the opening uote that he never influenced politics or shaped events in Japanese history nor did he write a work that would affect a genre of literature or poems that would become classics To that statement I would add one word – directly Indirectly his influence can be seen through in an infinite number of ways through writers as diverse as Yukio Mishima Takehiko Inoue Sean Michael Wilson and Junichiro Tanizaki Through the films about or related to samurai he has even had a song written about him by Bruce Dickinson of the British metal band Iron Maiden Sun Steel All this shows that this 17th century fighter artist still holds an interest and a relevance for us todayThe Majority of the information and all of the inspiration for this post came from William Scott Wilson’s book The Lone Samurai The Life of of Miyamoto Musashi This book is considered to be the authoritative and most reliable text on Musashi since most of the previously known information is drawn on legends half truths or fictional accountsWilliam Scott Wilson became involved in the life and work of Miyamoto Musashi when asked to do a translation of The Book of Five Rings this was to be a bilingual edition and after its completion he was asked to write a short volume on the authors life In the end this took an awful lot longer and a great deal research than was first expected because although stories about this fighter’s life are legion and range from the Kokura Hibun a monument inscribed with the story of Musashi’s life through the Nitenki a compilation of stories 1755 and numerous records scattered through many clan archives plus the many fictional accounts sorting through this store of data wasn’t a straight forward procedure In the process of wading through the discrepancies in time and place and sifting between the various versions due to personal alliances etc this book took shape Making the Lone Samurai not only William Scott Wilson’s personal uest but our best resource to who Miyamoto Musashi; Swordsman philosopher Artist was“The Cherry blossoms symbol of the warrior in Japan had already fallen and the new light green leaves were everywhere” he died on the 19th of May 1645 He was sixty two years old and was buried in accordance with his wishes dressed in armour and helmet provided with six martial accoutrements and placed in the coffin He was buried in Handa gun 5 cho Tenaga Yuge Village with the Abbot Shunzan of the Taishoji Temple as officiating priest When the abbot had finished his address to the departing spirit a single crack of thunder rang from the clear sky You can find Miyamoto Musashi’s grave marker still there todayWilliam Scott Wilson b 1944 in Nashville Tennessee is known as a translator of Japanese literature mostly those relating to the martial tradition He is recognized by The American Literary Translator's Association ALTA as the foremost translator of classic Samurai texts is also described as the world's foremost expert on the warrior's philosophy of Bushido He served as a Consular Specialist for the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle 1980 Heading the trade section and advising the Consul on political and economic matters Wilson received Japan’s Foreign Minister’s Commendation from the Consulate General of Japan in Miami Masakazu Toshikage on November 15 2005He completed his first translation Hagakure while living in a farmhouse in JapanHis first original work The Lone Samurai The Life of Miyamoto Musashi was published in 2004 He has done extensive research on Japanese philosophy and Bushido the way of the samuraiAccording to Florida International University Professor Michael Weissberg William Scott Wilson is possibly the most important scholar in the area of Japanese Edo period texts in the last century Wilson's books have brought historical Chinese and Japanese thought philosophy and tactics to the West in a collection of works that make him unparalleled To be able to say that you have in effect co authored with the likes of Takuan Soho Yagyu Muninori Lao Tzu and Miyamoto Musashi enables you to heretofore unseen bragging rights yet this gentle and humble scholar refers to himself as only a translator Wiki