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Persimmon Wind: Martial Artist's Journey in Japan Paperback – Apr 1998

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804831424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804831420
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A moving account of the journey of a martial artist, or "bugeisha". It is the author's own story of his continuing growth as he walks along the trail that leads to fulfilment, and faces the challenge of integrating the cultural streams of East and West.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jun. 1999
Format: Paperback
Several years ago, in "Autumn Lightning," Dave Lowry wrote of his experiences growing up as a young American whom had been informally "adopted" into the family of a Japanese martial arts teacher. It was a fascinating, semi-biographical account that delved into the true nature of the Japanese martial arts experience. Now, a number of years later, he has returned with a sequel-"Persimmon Wind-A Martial Artist's Journey in Japan." In "Persimmon Wind," Mr. Lowry details his first visit to Japan, to reunite with his old teacher of Japanese Shinkage Ryu swordsmanship. Despite his authorship of several fine books, including "Sword and Brush", this is easily Dave Lowry's finest work.
Lovers of fine biographies, martial arts enthusiasts, folks interested in Japanese culture--all will enjoy "Persimmon Wind." The biographical aspect of this work is entertaining. Dave Lowry's understanding of classical martial arts and ways is superb as well. He makes a point of explaining these arts in such a way that both experienced practitioners and the general public will be able to get something out of the text. And "Persimmon Wind" will evoke fond memories from anyone that have ever been to Kyoto, and it will fascinate those that have always dreamed of visiting the Japanese island nation.
The only weak point in the book is the publisher's failure to provide adequate proofreading. A surprising number of typos are found for a book issued by a mainstream publisher like Charles E. Tuttle.
This quibble aside, "Persimmon Wind" is a unique book-one that can be enjoyed by an unusually wide cross-section of readers. In short, it is much more than a typical "martial arts book."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun. 2004
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Persimmon Wind; follows on (many years later) from autumn lightning. In this current book The Author leaves his home in the USA and finally travels to Japan to be with (and study with) his teacher.

The book is a mixture of autobiography; travellogue; and history of traditional japanese martial arts. It is, to put it simply - a good read.

Personally I found it much more interesting than autumn lightning (and you wouldn't have had to read AL in order to enjoy PW).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Aug. 1998
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Dave Lowry writes of an education which many martial artists would give their right arm to experience. His writing style allows the reader to feel as if he is right there experiencing the same moments. This is not a how to philosphy book for the beginning martial artist. It describes the experiences of a master practitioner getting to go to Japan and spend time with his Sensei.
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