Legacies of the Sword: The Kashima-Shinry? and Samurai Martial Culture

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University of Hawaii Press, 1997 - 227 sivua
Western scholars and educators are generally far less familiar with the samurai in his original - and, ostensibly, primary - role as warrior and master of arms than in his other functions as landowner, feudal lord, literateur, or philosopher. Yet any attempt to comprehend fully the samurai without considering his military abilities and training (bugei) is futile. Karl Friday combines the results of nearly two decades of fieldwork and archival research to examine samurai martial culture from a broad perspective: as a historical phenomenon, as a worldview, and as a system of physical, spiritual, and moral education. Legacies of the Sword is the first attempt by a Westerner scholar trained both in bugei and in Japanese studies and historical methodology to discuss this major and compelling component of Japanese culture. It presents a case study of the Kashima-Shinryu, one of the oldest of the extant samurai training organizations, and was written in close collaboration with its current headmaster, Seki Humitake. The volume illuminates the extraordinary complexity of the bugei and the manner in which various physical, technical, psychological, and philosophical factors merge to produce a coherent art that guides the lives of those who practice it.

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Good information about the centuries-long operations of the Kashima school of swordsmanship and the 12 arts studied. Good theoretical treatment as well as the practical aspects of training. Lue koko arvostelu

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Heritage and Tradition
12
The Kunii House and the Sake Line
39
The KashimaShinryii as an Organization
50
The Philosophy and Science of Combat
58
Applied Constructs
82
The Martial Path
100
The KashimaShinryu Kata
120
Texts and Written Transmission
137
Meditation and the Integration of Body Mind and Spirit
151
Epilogue
161
Appendixes
165
KashimaShinryu Organization
178
Notes
191
Bibliography
209
Index
221
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Sivu 58 - When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.' 'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you CAN make words mean so many different things.' 'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master — that's all.
Sivu 100 - Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Sivu 100 - The perfection of an art consists in the employment of a comprehensive system of laws, commensurate to every purpose within its scope, but concealed from the eye of the spectator; and in the production of effects that seem to flow forth spontaneously, as though uncontrolled by their influence, and which are equally excellent, whether regarded individually, or in reference to the proposed result 202 .7.
Sivu 1 - I was born into a family whose ancestors for generations have been warriors, and whose pursuit is service at court. The samurai is one who does not cultivate, does not manufacture, and does not engage in trade, but it cannot be that he has no function at all as a samurai.
Sivu 1 - ... needs were satisfied. Thus the occupations of farmer, artisan, and merchant necessarily grew up as complementary to one another. However, the samurai eats food without growing it, uses utensils without manufacturing them, and profits without buying or selling. What is the justification for this?
Sivu 2 - ... the Way of the lord and subject. friend and friend. father and son. older and younger brother. and husband and wife. 'Within his heart he keeps to the ways of peace. but without he keeps his weapons ready for use. The three classes of the common people make him their teacher and respect him. By following his teachings. they are enabled to understand what is fundamental and what is secondary. Herein lies the Way of the samurai.
Sivu 191 - Karl F. Friday, Hired Swords: The Rise of Private Warrior Power in Early Japan (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1992).
Sivu 60 - Shinto may be regarded as the ensemble of contradictory and yet peculiarly Japanese types of religious beliefs, sentiments, and approaches, which have been shaped and conditioned by the historical experience of the Japanese people...
Sivu 106 - ... just see" common factors in the equations and then cancel them out, or could "just see" logical equivalences. However, the other students, those who had not committed the transformation formulae to memory, were more or less mystified by the problems though many made serious attempts to "reason

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