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Samurai: The Japanese Warrior's [Unofficial] Manual

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Publisher Comments:

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

Book News Annotation:

Turnbull, a professor of Japanese religion at Leeds University, presents this fictionalized training manual for up and coming Samurai warriors. Based on historical texts and traditions, the volume explains the warrior's way, and discusses important topics such as political contexts of the Samurai period, arms and armor, martial training, religious practices, political and peacekeeping duties, military commands and strategies, tea ceremonies and other social graces, and achieving an honorable death. The work includes numerous hand drawn illustrations, a collection of color plates, and useful information on historical quotations and further readings. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Combines the latest research with contemporary lives, descriptions, and reconstructions to provide a dramatic picture of what it was like to be a samurai.

Synopsis:

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

About 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780500251881
Author:
Turnbull, Steve
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
World History-Japan
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
126 illustrations, 15 in color
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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"Synopsis" by , Combines the latest research with contemporary lives, descriptions, and reconstructions to provide a dramatic picture of what it was like to be a samurai.
"Synopsis" by , 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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