Legends of the Samurai

Legends of the Samurai

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by Hiroaki Sato
     
 

In Legends of the Samurai, 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, Hiroaki Sato chronicles the changing ethos of the Japanese… See more details below

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In Legends of the Samurai, 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, Hiroaki Sato chronicles the changing ethos of the Japanese warrior from the samurai's historical origins to his rise to political power. For this purpose, Sato has chosen to translate, wherever possible, writings closest in time to the actual event. His translations are a testament to his mastery of the language for they flow with lively ease that one might not expect from accounts, many of which are ancient. Legends of the Samurai covers legends from mythological times to the early eighteenth century. Through this book Sato describes men accomplished in martial arts, warrior-commanders in battle, and samurai's own views of themselves. It ends with a famous modern retelling of a mass disembowelment in the mid-seventeenth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879516192
Publisher:
Overlook
Publication date:
11/28/1995
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.45(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.45(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Notes
Introduction
Chronology
Genealogy of the Minamoto Clan
Yamato Takeru: Loser as Hero (Fourth century A.D.)3
Yorozu: "I Wanted to Show My Bravery!" (587)13
Otomo no Yakamochi: To Die by Our Sovereign's Side (Poem written in 749)16
Minamoto no Mitsuru and Taira no Yoshifumi: The Duel (Mid-10th century)19
Minamoto no Mitsunaka: Warrior's Conversion (Incident ca. 975)22
Fujiwara no Yasumasa and Hakamadare: Presence of Mind30
Muraoka no Goro and Hakamadare: To Know When to be Alert34
Taira no Koremochi, a.k.a. General Yogo: "Did You Bring His Head?"37
Kanetada and Koremochi: Meaning of Revenge47
Tachibana no Norimitsu: "What Splendid Swordsmanship!" with a description of the same man as viewed by Sei Shonagon, author of The Pillow Book52
Sakanoue no Haruzumi: A Warrior's Shame59
Minamoto no Raiko: Alert and Penetrating61
Guardian Kings and The Oxcart: a Comic Interlude, with an account of the origin of Haniwa65
Minamoto no Yorinobu: "Let Your Little Kid be Stabbed to Death!"71
Raiko and Others: Tales of Archery80
Taira no Munetsune: The Silent One88
Taira no Sadatsuna: When Not to Risk Your Life91
Minamoto no Yoshiie: "The Samurai of the Greatest Bravery Under Heaven"95
Minamoto no Yoshitsune: A Hero Hounded110
Kusunoki Masashige: A Guerrilla of Unflinching Loyalty157
Ko no Moronao: "When a Samurai Falls in Love"188
Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin: Two Warlords204
Oda Nobunaga: The Warlord and Poetry232
Hojo Soun: "Lord Soun's Twenty-one Articles"249
Miyamoto Musashi: Gorin no Sho (Book of Five Elements)254
Arai Hakuseki: "My Father"273
Yamamoto Tsunetomo: Hagakure (Hidden in Leaves)287
The Forty-Seven Samurai: An Eyewitness Account, with Arguments304
"The Abe Family" by Mori Ogai341
Bibliography380
Index of Important Figures389

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