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Samurai Warriors based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
A terrible book. I was clued in on the 2nd page when the caption read 'Chishungura'--should be 'Chushingura'. Similar errors riddle the book ('Ikaurga', 'Shikiby'). The illustrations are often out of focus or digitized at poor resolution. This one is not worth spending your money on.
Upon opening up a copy of 'Samurai Warriors,' I was pleasantly surprised to see a photograph of Sakamoto Ryoma, a famous samurai. I thought that perhaps Ryoma was now beginning to receive the wider recognition which was his due. When I began to read the caption, however, I was stunned. 'Nameless samurai photographed in 1865.' I assumed I was reading the wrong caption. Unfortunately, I was not. In disgust, I closed the book. That the photo was taken in 1866 is a technicality that might be generously overlooked, but 3nameless samurai2 cannot. I wondered how such a blatant mistake could be printed, until recalling how historically misrepresented have been Japanese history and culture by nonJapanese writers. This brings to mind a passage in the Preface to my 'RYOMA - Life of a Renaissance Samurai' (Ridgeback Press), the only biographical novel of Sakamoto Ryoma in English: 'It is a cultural loss that an historical figure of such magnificent stature has failed to gain the full attention of the Western world for nearly a century and a half. It is a tragedy that the general public1s sources of information about the era of the samurai have, for the most part, been travesties of Japanese history and culture in the forms of popular fiction and movies. I hope this book rectifies the situation.' Let us also hope that other writers of things Japanese take my lead.