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 that faithfully recorded what was passed down by those who knew Musashi.

The Bukôden is one of the earliest such records still in existence. It was completed in 1755 by Toyoda Masanaga, ...
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The Real Musashi II: The Bukoden

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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 that faithfully recorded what was passed down by those who knew Musashi.

The Bukôden is one of the earliest such records still in existence. It was completed in 1755 by Toyoda Masanaga, senior retainer to the Nagaoka, a clan closely involved in the events of Musashi's later life. Masanaga's work ranks with the Bushû denraiki as the most reliable records of Musashi's life and exploits outside those from the hand of the master swordsman himself. Now, for the first time in two-and-a-half centuries, Masanaga's insight into this enigmatic and solitary swordsman is available to the English reader.

Like the Bushû denraiki the Bukoden gives its own riveting account of Musashi's encounter with Sasaki Kojiro on Ganryu island, as well as his famed duels with the members of the Yoshioka clan. At the same time it throws a new and refreshing light on many aspects of Musashi's later life--his adoption of Iori, his return to Kyushu in 1634, and of course the gestation of his great work on the philosophy and art of Japanese swordsmanship, the Book of Five Rings. 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

Iaido Journal, April, 2012 - Kim Taylor
I recommend that any student of Musashi read this book.
Kendo World, June 2012 - Jeff Broderick
"The Real Musashi II" is an important and valuable book, and will be sought out by anyone interested in Musashi or early Edo-period swordsmanship.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015595918
  • Publisher: Floating World Editions, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/7/2012
  • Series: The Real Musashi: Origins of a Legend , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 315 KB

Meet the Author

William de lange was born in 1964 in Naarden, the Netherlands to Dutch and English parents. In the late 1980s, he aborted his English studies to embark on a journey that eventually led him to Japan, where he supported himself by making traditional Japanese scrolls and writing articles for the Japan Times Weekly. On his return to Holland, he entered Leiden University to make the highly controversial issue of the Japanese press clubs the focal point of his Japanese studies. In 1993, he returned to Japan on a scholarship of the Japanese Ministry of Education. Following his graduation, he lived in Japan for most of the remaining decade, studying the art of Japanese fencing under Akita Moriji sensei, eighth dan master of the Shinkage-ryu. He currently lives in the Netherlands, where he spends his time writing and translating books on Japanese subjects.
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