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Persimmon Wind: A Martial Artist's Journey In Japan [Hardcover]

Dave Lowry
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  • Hardcover: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Koryu Books (10 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890536105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890536107
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Martial Artist's Personal Sojourn in Japan 10 Jan 2008
Format:Hardcover
I have been a fan of Dave Lowry's writing for some time & have almost all of his very insightful books. Then I decided to read this book. This is by far one of the best reads of my life.

Dave has a great ability to capture even the smallest of nuances of the Japanese experience and conveys these beautifully to the reader. The details of the bathhouse experience, and well as the small dojo where he and his sensei practiced Iaido, was a great treasure to be read.

Worth reading more than once not least due to Dave's captivating style of writing.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 24 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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."
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who checked the publication? 3 Dec 2001
By J. Chang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First, let me start by saying that I am a big fan of Mr. Lowry's work and I have thoroughly enjoyed all his writings that I've read to date. I have been amused, inspired, and moved by each book. When I ordered this "sequel" to Autumn Lightning, I was expecting more of the same. It's not. It's distinctly different in style and in character, whether that be due to advances in writing technique, artistry, or simple maturation. I enjoyed the book immensely. What I most definately did NOT enjoy was the numerous typos, misspellings, and plain lack of work done by the publishing house to review the results of their process. There are paragraphs where there are 3-4 mistakes within 4 or 5 lines. This is unacceptable. I sincerely hope a second edition corrects these grevious errors, because they detract from Mr. Lowry's work. I think he especially would be ironically appreciative of the errors because they are like rocks placed incorrectly in a suieseki landscape. As a writer, Mr. Lowry rates a 5...but the lackadaisical efforts of the publishing house reduces that rating to a 3.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Persimmon Wind: A Martial Artist's Journey In Japan 26 Jan 2007
By Brian Beckford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of Dave Lowry's writing for some time, then I had decided to read this book. This is by far one of the best reads of my life. The suthor has a great ability to capture small nuances of the japanese experience and convey's beautifully to the reader. The details of the bathhouse experience, and well as the samll dojo where he and his sensei practiced iaido, was a great treasure to be read. The book served as additional travel guide on my visit to japan, especially when visiting kyoto and the butokuden. I would highly advise this to all, including budokas, and writers. I presently read this book atleast once a year.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent reading for the "Japanophile". 2 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In the follow-up to his very worthwhile book "Autumn Lightning", Dave Lowry takes the reader to a Japan from centuries ago in an effort to explore his own roots in the Japanese Martial Arts. He accomplishes this in a sometimes long-winded and meandering way, but by the end of the book you feel like you were right along with him, walking ancient paths, visiting temples, cemeteries, and traditional martial arts halls. This is a good book for a martial artist interested in a time past, or anyone fascinated by the culture and history of feudal Japan.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but not the author's best work 18 Oct 2001
By Kenneth Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the third book I've read, and it is the one that I enjoyed the least. Yet, I still give it 4 stars!
This is an account of the author's pilgrimage to Japan to visit his sensei in the art of swordsmanship and to visit various places important to his sensei and to their school of swordsmanship. Thus, the book is a kind of travelog of various obscure villages, gravesites and temples. Doesn't sound too promising, does it? Yet, the author infuses this account of his travels and experiences with sufficient insight and wisdom to entertain and inform. Also, it gives a finely textured account of the Japanese heartland that few westerners ever get to experience. Yes, at times the author is a bit long-winded and meandering.
To fully appreciate this book, it would be helpful to read Autumn Lighting, the wonderful biographical account of his training in Japanese swordsmanship, begun in the American Midwest when he was an adolescent. There is much information in Autumn Lightning about the traditions, history, and founders of the author's style of martial art that makes reading Persimmon Wind a much richer experience.
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