Overview

Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584–1645) is the most revered and celebrated swordsman in Japanese history. Unfortunately, our modern portrait of this folk hero is derived mainly from popular books, comics, and film, with little heed paid to the early denki, chronicles recorded by men who, though they had not known Musashi in his lifetime, faithfully recorded what was passed down by those who had.

The Bushû denraiki is the earliest such record still in ...
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The Real Musashi I: The Bushu Denraiki

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Overview

Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584–1645) is the most revered and celebrated swordsman in Japanese history. Unfortunately, our modern portrait of this folk hero is derived mainly from popular books, comics, and film, with little heed paid to the early denki, chronicles recorded by men who, though they had not known Musashi in his lifetime, faithfully recorded what was passed down by those who had.

The Bushû denraiki is the earliest such record still in existence. Completed in 1727 by Tachibana Minehide, the fifth generation master of Musashi’s Niten Ichi school of fencing, it is the most reliable record of Musashi’s life and exploits outside those from the hand of the master swordsman himself. Now, after three centuries, Minehide’s insight into this solitary and enigmatic swordsman are available to the English reader. His text throws a new and refreshing light on many aspects of especially Musashi’s early life—his troubled relations with his father, his first battle experience during Japan’s period of unification, the sad death of his illegitimate child, and of course his legendary duel on Ganryû island. For those interested in the sword culture of Japan, this true story of its most iconic figure is essential reading.
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Editorial Reviews

Kendo World - Jeff Broderick
This is one of those rare books on the martial arts that really deserves the title "Must-read". Not only does it shed much-needed light on the facts of Musashi's life, but it brings us that much closer to getting a picture of the man behind the myth...it almost feels as if a new book of the Bible were only now being translated from the ancient Greek and published in 2010.
Iaido Journal, April 2010 - Kim Taylor
I recommend that any student of Musashi read this book.
Amazon - J. Storey
Works like the Bushu Denraiki are obviously important biographical material, simply because they are the closest actual sources we have to Musashi himself. William de Lange deserves credit for translating this work and thus making it available. It shouldn't need saying that anyone interested in Japan's feudal warrior history should make these early sources on Musashi a part of their collection.
Amazon UK - Dr. A Sahal
A brilliant book, brilliantly translated and annotated (meaning explained rather than pictures!) and a must for the bookshelf of every Japanese swordsman and Musashi enthusiast. I unreservedly recommend this book.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015598834
  • Publisher: Floating World Editions, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/12/2012
  • Series: The Real Musashi: Origins of a Legend , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,348,090
  • File size: 235 KB

Meet the Author

William de Lange studied Japanese language and culture at the University of Leiden and at Waseda University in Japan. He is active as a translator and interpreter, and is a practitioner of the Shinkage school of swordsmanship. He is the author of A Dictionary of Japanese Idioms, Pars Japonica: The First Dutch Expedition to Reach the Shores of Japan, and the acclaimed three-volume history Famous Japanese Swordsmen.
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