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

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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: 7/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,088,548
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 Introduction 1
2 Heritage and Tradition 12
Ryuha and the Origins of the Bugei 13
The Kashima Grand Shrine and Takemikazuchi-no-Mikoto 19
The Three Founders 24
The Students of Kamiizumi Ise-no-kami and the Shihanke Line 32
The Kunii House and the Soke Line 39
The Kashima-Shinryu as an Organization 50
3 The Philosophy and Science of Combat 58
Shinbu and the Martial Way 63
The Framework of the Art: The Fivefold Laws and the Eight Divine Coordinates 67
Applied Constructs 82
4 The Martial Path 100
Kata and Pattern Practice 102
Historical Problems and Criticisms of Kata and Pattern Practice 108
The Kashima-Shinryu Kata 120
Text and Written Transmission 137
Meditation and the Integration of Body, Mind, and Spirit 151
Epilogue 161
App. 1 The Kashima-Shinryu hyoho denki 165
App. 2 The Kunii-ke keizu 169
App. 3 The Kashima-Shinryu menkyo kaiden mokuroku 174
App. 4 Constitution of the Kashima-Shinryu Federation of Martial Sciences 178
App. 5 Constitution of the Kashima-Shinryu Federation of North America 182
Notes 191
Bibliography 209
Index 221
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