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Legends of the Samurai

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In Legends of the Samurai, Sato confronts both the history and the legend of the samurai, untangling the two to present an authentic picture of these legendary warriors. Through his masterful translations of original samurai tales, laws, dicta, reports, and arguments accompanied by insightful commentary, Hiroaki Sato chronicles the changing ethos of the Japanese warrior from the samurai's historical origins to his rise to political power. For this purpose, Sato has chosen to translate, wherever possible, writings closest in time to the actual event. His translations are a testament to his mastery of the language for they flow with lively ease that one might not expect from accounts, many of which are ancient. Legends of the Samurai covers legends from mythological times to the early eighteenth century. Through this book Sato describes men accomplished in martial arts, warrior-commanders in battle, and samurai's own views of themselves. It ends with a famous modern retelling of a mass disembowelment in the mid-seventeenth century.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [380]-387) and index.

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commercial_address, April 20, 2012 (view all comments by commercial_address)
An exciting selection of tales spanning over two millenia of Japanese history. More than a collection of wars and battles (though there is plenty of that for the reader who seeks it), Legends of the Samurai explores the culture and philosophy that informed Japan's tumultuous warrior eras. The book is a great introduction to Japanese history and just plain great reading for anyone.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780879516192
Author:
Sato, Hiroaki
Publisher:
Overlook Press
Location:
Woodstock, N.Y. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Philosophy, oriental
Subject:
Philosophy, Asian
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Martial arts
Subject:
Samurai
Subject:
Japan History.
Subject:
World History-Japan
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
no. 2
Publication Date:
19951131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.44x6.05x1.36 in. 1.48 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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History and Social Science » Asia » Japan » General
History and Social Science » World History » Japan
Religion » Eastern Religions » Japanese Philosophy

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