- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: The Lyons Press (1 Dec. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592285902
- ISBN-13: 978-1592285907
- Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 2.4 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,300,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Clouds in the West: Lessons in Everyday Living from the Martial Arts of Japan Hardcover – 1 Dec 2004
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About the Author
Dave Lowry, one of the most prolific Western martial arts writers, has been involved in the study of traditional Japanese martial arts and Ways since 1968, and has written a monthly column for Black Belt magazine since 1986. He has written for Cosmopolitan, Karate Illustrated, International Fighting Arts, Inside Karate, and Winds, the in-flight magazine of Japan Air Lines..
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I recently purchased this 213 page hardcover book (Clouds in the west: Lessons from the Martial Arts of Japan by Dave Lowry) for a bargain price on Amazon. He brings a unique perspective of the martial arts of Japan because of his wide and varied experience in numerous forms of Budo Arts. I found the subject matter in this book interesting and informative. There has always been a lot of lies, myths and misconceptions surrounding the Japanese (and other Asian) martial arts. This book provides a colorful insight into various aspects of the Budo arts.
Some of the material covered in this informative book includes the following: Kufu (solving a quandary), Ittosai’s test, Igen (Dignity), Nakaima (The eternal present), a matter of bathrobes, Iai (Unsheathing the sword), Gaman (Perseverance), what’s in a name? Nangyodo (The way of hardship), Mythic origins of the Ninja, to blossom and to scatter, polishing the mirror, creating kata, classical Japanese martial arts in the west, confessions of a Navy SEAL, Kata as a protection against the arbitrary.
Though most of the chapters are well written and thoughtful I do not agree with all aspects of his explanation concerning the martial arts in the west. His passion and complete devotion to the Japanese martial arts borders at times as mystical dogma; nevertheless, I recommend this book to anyone who is seriously studying the martial arts. I found this book to be very educational and informative.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Facts and fallacies about the martial arts and self-defense)
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