Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings: A Definitive Translation of the Timeless Masterpiece of Japan's Greatest Samurai


Miyamoto Musashi’s Book of Five Rings: A Definitive Translation of the Timeless Masterpiece of Japan’s Greatest Samurai


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Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645) is the most famous Samurai who ever lived. His magnum opus, the Go-Rin-Sho or Book of Five Rings is a classic that is still read by tens of thousands of people each year-Japanese and foreigners alike. Alex Bennett’s groundbreaking new translation of The Book of Five Ringsreveals the true meaning of this text for the first time. Like Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, Musashi’s book offers unique insights not just for warriors but for anyone wanting to apply the Zen Buddhist principles of awareness and “no mind” to achieve success in their endeavors. This book sheds new light on Japanese history and on the philosophical meaning of Bushido-the ancient “code of the Japanese warrior.”

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Dimensions 127 × 191 mm

A. Bennett

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Alex Bennett has two doctoral degrees in Japanese literature and history from Kyoto University and the University of Canterbury (NZ). He is Associate Professor at Kansai University where he teaches Japanese history, martial arts, and Budo theory. He is Vice President of the International Naginata Federation, International Committee Member of the All Japan Kendo Federation, Director of the Japanese Academy of Budo, and he is Head Coach of the NZ Kendo national team. He co-founded and edits Kendo World, the world's first English-language journal dedicated to Kendo. He holds the black belt grades of Kendo Kyoshi 7-dan, Iaido 5-dan and Naginata 5-dan. He has competed successfully in many international Naginata and Kendo competitions, taking second place in the World Naginata Championships in 2011, and best 8 in the team event at the World Kendo Championships in 2012. His published works include The Bushi Ethos and its Evolution: A Sociological Investigation of Bushido, Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai, Kendo: Culture of the Sword, and numerous translations of Japanese martial arts works.



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