Samurai: The Japanese Warrior's [Unofficial] Manual

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Combines the latest research with contemporary lives, descriptions, and reconstructions to provide a dramatic picture of what it was like to be a samurai.So you think you’d like to be a samurai? It’s 1615 and the samurai, Japan’s elite fighting class, are at the zenith of their powers. Trained in every manner of combat, from sword fighting and archery to karate and jujitsu, the samurai warrior is the emperor’s last line of defense against the lewd and sordid barbarians of Japan and beyond.This handy manual tells ...

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Overview

Combines the latest research with contemporary lives, descriptions, and reconstructions to provide a dramatic picture of what it was like to be a samurai.So you think you’d like to be a samurai? It’s 1615 and the samurai, Japan’s elite fighting class, are at the zenith of their powers. Trained in every manner of combat, from sword fighting and archery to karate and jujitsu, the samurai warrior is the emperor’s last line of defense against the lewd and sordid barbarians of Japan and beyond.This handy manual tells you everything you need to know about maintaining the honor of the samurai class both on and off the battlefield.
• How to master the Way of the Warrior
• Whom you should kill, and what to do with the heads afterward
• What the cultured samurai does between battles
• How to storm or lay siege to a castle
• How to conduct a tea ceremony with Zen-like composure
• How to prepare for entry into the White Jade Pavilion after your death

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500251881
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 691,456
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Turnbull is Lecturer on Japanese religion at Leeds University and also holds the post of Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Akita International University in Japan. His seventy published books include The Samurai: A Military History and Samurai: The World of the Warrior.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Great Read

    I have read several of these unofficial warrior manuals, and this has been the best. Turnbull is the leading samurai expert in the English language, so you can ask for no better source. He also went a step further fleshing out the persona of the manual's "author". This is both more entertaining and more accurate than other entries in this series.

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