Legacies of the Sword: The Kashima-Shinryu and Samurai Martial Culture / Edition 1

Legacies of the Sword: The Kashima-Shinryu and Samurai Martial Culture / Edition 1

by Karl F. Friday
     
 

Western scholars and educators are generally far less familiar with the samurai in his original - and, ostensibly, primary - role as warrior and master of arms than in his other functions as landowner, feudal lord, literateur, or philosopher. Yet any attempt to comprehend fully the samurai without considering his military abilities and training (bugei) is futile. Karl… See more details below

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Western scholars and educators are generally far less familiar with the samurai in his original - and, ostensibly, primary - role as warrior and master of arms than in his other functions as landowner, feudal lord, literateur, or philosopher. Yet any attempt to comprehend fully the samurai without considering his military abilities and training (bugei) is futile. Karl Friday combines the results of nearly two decades of fieldwork and archival research to examine samurai martial culture from a broad perspective: as a historical phenomenon, as a worldview, and as a system of physical, spiritual, and moral education. Legacies of the Sword is the first attempt by a Westerner scholar trained both in bugei and in Japanese studies and historical methodology to discuss this major and compelling component of Japanese culture. It presents a case study of the Kashima-Shinryu, one of the oldest of the extant samurai training organizations, and was written in close collaboration with its current headmaster, Seki Humitake. The volume illuminates the extraordinary complexity of the bugei and the manner in which various physical, technical, psychological, and philosophical factors merge to produce a coherent art that guides the lives of those who practice it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824818791
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,118,419
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
1Introduction1
2Heritage and Tradition12
Ryuha and the Origins of the Bugei13
The Kashima Grand Shrine and Takemikazuchi-no-Mikoto19
The Three Founders24
The Students of Kamiizumi Ise-no-kami and the Shihanke Line32
The Kunii House and the Soke Line39
The Kashima-Shinryu as an Organization50
3The Philosophy and Science of Combat58
Shinbu and the Martial Way63
The Framework of the Art: The Fivefold Laws and the Eight Divine Coordinates67
Applied Constructs82
4The Martial Path100
Kata and Pattern Practice102
Historical Problems and Criticisms of Kata and Pattern Practice108
The Kashima-Shinryu Kata120
Text and Written Transmission137
Meditation and the Integration of Body, Mind, and Spirit151
Epilogue161
App. 1The Kashima-Shinryu hyoho denki165
App. 2The Kunii-ke keizu169
App. 3The Kashima-Shinryu menkyo kaiden mokuroku174
App. 4Constitution of the Kashima-Shinryu Federation of Martial Sciences178
App. 5Constitution of the Kashima-Shinryu Federation of North America182
Notes191
Bibliography209
Index221

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