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Taiho-Jutsu: Law and Order in the Age of the Samurai (Tuttle Martial Arts)
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In andlt;iandgt;Taiho-Jutsu: Law and Order in the Age of the Samuraiandlt;/iandgt;, author and judo second-dan Don Cunningham provides a fascinating introduction to the civil society of Edo-period (1603-1867) Japanand#8212;particularly the role played by the well-known warrior class, the samurai.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;During the enforced peace of this era, many of the samurai were unemployed and had great difficulty earning a living. Some were even forced to join the lower classesand#8212;of merchants and andlt;iandgt;choninandlt;/iandgt; (commoners)and#8212;to get by. These circumstances redefined the part the samurai played in Japanese society, and challenged the traditional caste system.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Cunningham shows that the samurai were not, as commonly portrayed, always all-powerful mediators ruling the andlt;iandgt;choninandlt;/iandgt; through the power of their swords. During this period the samurai became a part of the complex system of Japanese law enforcement. Made up of samurai as well as andlt;iandgt;machi-bugyo-shoandlt;/iandgt; (town magistrates), andlt;iandgt;yorikiandlt;/iandgt; ("assistant" samurai), andlt;iandgt;doshinandlt;/iandgt; (samurai patrol officers), andlt;iandgt;komonoandlt;/iandgt; (assistants), andlt;iandgt;goyokikiandlt;/iandgt; (part-time police assistants) and andlt;iandgt;okappikiandlt;/iandgt; (informants and spies)and#8212;this intricate structure mirrored the Japanese society of the day.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Taiho-Jutsuandlt;/iandgt; offers a detailed look at the weapons these law enforcement officers usedand#8212;including the andlt;iandgt;jutteandlt;/iandgt; (iron truncheon), andlt;iandgt;tessonandlt;/iandgt; (iron fan), andlt;iandgt;yori-boandlt;/iandgt; (wooden staff), andlt;iandgt;sodegaramiandlt;/iandgt; (sleeve entangler), andlt;iandgt;sasumataandlt;/iandgt; (spear fork), and andlt;iandgt;torinawaandlt;/iandgt; (arresting ropes)and#8212;as well as a fascinating illustrated look at the techniques used to apprehend criminals. From andlt;iandgt;kamaeandlt;/iandgt; (stances) to parrying and striking and throwing techniques, these explanations demonstrate the practical techniques in Edo-period Japan.
Book News Annotation:
Cunningham, a true amateur in the sense of being inspired by a love for his topic, became interested in samurai swords and culture while studying martial arts in Japan. His overview of the civil society of the Edo period of 1603-1867 takes a particular look at the role played by samurai—the warrior class, whose members had a difficult time earning a living during the era's enforced peace. Many became part of the complex system of Japanese law enforcement; Cunningham focuses on the weapons used by its officers and the techniques they used to catch criminals. The work is plentifully illustrated with the author's b&w photos as well as many sketches of defensive, offensive, and arrest and restraint techniques.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Historical look at arresting and apprehending criminals from the samurai era to the present
Presents a history of the criminal organizations, hooligans, feuds, and vendettas that developed in feudal Japan and the civil government, police system, and criminal investigations that arose to counteract them.
About the Author
Ronald G. Knapp, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at SUNY, New Paltz, is the author of numerous books on China's cultural and historical geography, including Asia's Old Dwellings: Tradition, Resilience, and Change (2003), China's Old Dwellings (2000), and China's Walled Cities (2000).
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