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The Samurai Series: The Book of Five Rings, Hagakure - The Way of the Samurai & Bushido - The Soul of Japan [Hardcover]

Musashi Miyamoto , Yamamoto Tsunetomo , Inazo Nitobe
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30 Jan 2011
The Samurai Series brings together three of the most important books dealing with the Samurai path and philosophy into one deluxe, illustrated hardcover volume.

The Book of Five Rings was written by Miyamoto Musashi, a Samurai of legendary renown, about 1645. It is a masterpiece of simple exposition written by a master swordsman, who, near the end of his spectacular life, tried earnestly to explain the essentials of individual combat and the essence of being a Samurai. His book is widely considered to a cornerstone of the philosophy of Bushido.

Hagakure - The Way of the Samurai, which means: "Hidden by Leaves," was composed from dialogs by the famous Samurai Yamamoto Tsunetomo, by a scribe, Tashiro Tsuramoto, about 1716 AD. It explains the major ideas and philosophy that are essential to the "way of the Samurai", by which is meant the "way of dying". It contains numerous tales of various Samurai and their deeds which illustrate their philosophy and practice.

Bushido - The Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobe was first published 1899. It is an extremely literate presentation by a Japanese intellectual who wished to present Japan and its fundamental philosophy in a way that could be understood by Westerners. It describes how the Shinto religion and Buddhism are the underpinnings of the essentially militaristic view of honor and life that are inherent in Bushido, the Samurai code.

Excerpt from The Book of Five Rings. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

The Gaze in Strategy

The gaze should be large and broad. This is the twofold gaze, "Perception and Sight". Perception is strong and sight, weak.

In strategy, it is important to see distant things as if they were close, and to take a distanced view of close things. It is important in strategy to know the enemy's sword, yet not be distracted by insignificant movements of his sword. You must study this. The gaze is the same for single combat and for large-scale strategy.

It is necessary in strategy to be able to look to both sides without moving the eyeballs. You cannot master this ability quickly. Learn what is written here; use this gaze in everyday life and do not vary it...

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: El Paso Norte Press (30 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934255793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934255797
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,106,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Combination! 1 Jan 2007
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All three of the books contained in this one volume really should be in the collection of anyone interested in Japanese philosophy, religion or martial arts. It is not often that three really good books get bundled together into one volume but to have three classics together is really extraordinary.

The reflections of a master swordsman, the advice of a proper old Samurai and the explanations of a well-traveled scholar fit together synergistically; they add up to much more than the sum of the parts. Although the writers were separated from each other in time, they are united in a coherent view of what constitutes proper conduct and honor. There is enough difference in their styles of expression to illuminate points that might otherwise be obscure and at the same time provide some interesting juxtapositions.

Those who are already familiar with one or more of the books contained in this volume will find that having all three of them together is a real plus. Each, on its own, is an important little book; the three of them together form an important big book.
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From the formal teaching style of The Book of Five Rings to the almost conversational tone of Bushido and Hagakure, this book presents 3 of the most important classical texts written about the path of the Samurai in Japan. It is invaluable as a reference tool for the student of martial arts, the zen philosophy, ancient swords or classical Japanese texts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 14 Mar 2014
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One of the best reads I have come accross for a long time. The nthree tittles together make it good value too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Series of three exceptional books in one. 6 April 2012
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I'd recommend The Samurai series highly to anyone wanting to learn about the legendary Samurai path and Bushido philosophy.
This series of three exceptional books is an excellent way of obtaining inexpensively the three books in one.

The Book of Five Rings gives great insight into the essentials of individual combat and the essence of being a Samurai. It contains various tales which illustrate their philosophy and practice.

The second book, Hagakure - The Way of the Samurai explains the major ideas and philosophy that are essential to the "way of the Samurai"

Last but by no means least, the third part for which I mainly made the purchase, Bushido - The Soul of Japan. This is a great introduction to the discipline of Bushido. "Way of the warrior knight" This is an exceptional book which I thoroughly enjoyed. We could all benefit from learning about the virtues that are at the heart of Bushido.

With regards to its presentation, this great collection contains a linked table of contents, as well as internally linked tables for each major work and chapter. It is presented expertly and the illustrations look good on the kindle screen.
Overall a wonderful series perfect for martial arts enthusiasts or anyone interested in Japanese history and the spirituality and disciplines of the spectacular samurai.
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