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Book Of Five Rings: The Cornerstone of Japanese Culture Paperback – May 2003


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Astrolog Publishing (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9654941724
  • ISBN-13: 978-9654941723
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,488,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was written in 1643 by the samurai warrior, Miyamoto Musashi, who was considered to be the best swordsman in Japan. It is divided into five chapters reflecting the elements of the world: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and the Void. Together, these chapters present the bushido spirit - the world-view of the wise samurai. The BOOK OF FIVE RINGS was popular in the West because it described the Japanese spirit, which was a mystery at the time. This book presents the full version of it in a new and contemporary translation.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry Tozer on 1 July 2007
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The Book of Five Rings (Go Rin No Sho) is a GREAT book, if you take time to properly absorb and understand ALL of its teachings. It's not a very long book and so would be easy to read a few times over so that you get a proper flavour of the important message being presented.

A better and easier to digest version (IMHO) of this small book is "Samurai Strategies: 42 Martial Secrets" by by Boye De Lafayette Mente, who very cleverly summarises this book into 42 easy to digest and understand and apply chapters.

The ideas in this book are NOT dangerous to anyone in the least, IF you balance and apply ALL of the lessons within it - that's the idea that the great undefeated warrior Musashi was trying to put across. The life saving principles he expounds here are designed to help us all have a better, easier and more fulfilled life, Martial Artist or not. His strategies can be applied and used by anyone.

"A knife is dangerous for anyone - you just have to learn how to use is safely & intelligently"

We are all so lucky & truly blessed that, nearly 400 years ago, someone called Lord Hosokawa had the foresight to ask the ageing Musashi to write down his secrets of success. Musashi himself was not only extremely talented but must have been a very intelligent man for his time to write such a treatise.

The comment (else ware) about this book not being for beginners is misleading I think, it isn't that hard to understand and extrapolate the true meaning and intentions that Musashi was trying to put across.

Don't be put off by ANY of the negative criticisms (in other reviews), it's only because they've missed the point or just quickly scanned & glossed over the book.
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