The Complete Musashi: The Book of Five Rings and Other Works: The Definitive Translations of the Complete Writings of Miyamoto Musashi – Japan’s Greatest Samurai
Out of stock
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.”
|Dimensions||127 × 191 mm|
Alex Bennett has two doctoral degrees in Japanese literature and history from Kyoto University and the University of Canterbury (NZ). He is a professor in Japanese history, martial arts and Budo theory at Kansai University. 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 publishes Kendo World, the first English-language journal dedicated to Kendo. He holds black belts in several martial arts-Kendo Kyoshi 7-dan, Iaido 5-dan and Naginata 5-dan. His published works include Japan: The Ultimate Samurai Guide and Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai.