Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide: An Insider Looks at the Japanese Martial Arts and Surviving in the Land of Bushido and Zen by Alexander Bennet is a non-fiction book tracing the history of Samurais, their way of life, fighting styles all the way to today’s Japan. Mr. Bennett is a martial artist as well as a professor at Kansai university in Osaka.
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- 144 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4805313757
My rating for Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide – 5
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I was very glad to read Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide: An Insider Looks at the Japanese Martial Arts and Surviving in the Land of Bushido and Zen by Alexander Bennet, a very informative and interesting book about Budo, samurais, weapons and the Japanese culture. The book is full of colorful pictures, works or art, diagrams, and illustrations.
The author first explains what is Budo, a sport he mastered. He goes on to explain his interest in Japan, arriving as a high school exchange student, and trying to assimilate into a society which basically frowns up assimilation. The author states he wrote a book which he would have liked to have when landing in Japan, knowing nothing, a fantastic and generous goal.
The book than delves into history, who were the Samurai? Where did they come from? Where are they today? After a brief primer on Japan and the Samurais, the author starts explaining Japanese Martial Arts, the schools, and weapons. He even goes into today’s modern Budo arts and training.
The chapter I found most fascinating was the last one, Surviving Japan. From the people, culture, food, entertainment to learning the language and even safety. It was a fascinating introduction to modern day Japan viewed through the eyes of a long time, yet foreign resident.
Besides the interest in history and martial arts, this book’s strength is for the visitor to this beautiful land. The pictures themselves make me want to go and buy a ticket immediately.
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