The Fighting Man of Japan (Google eBook)

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Archibald Constable, 1905 - Samurai - 78 pages
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Page 38 - ... the eyes of the low-class swashbucklers of the Capital, who frequently were seen swaggering about girt with weapons placed perpendicularly in their belts and reaching almost from the level of their chins to their ankles. To clash the sheath of one's sword against that belonging to another person was held to be a grave breach of etiquette ; // to turn the sheath in the belt, as though about to draw was tantamount to a challenge; while to lay one's weapon on the floor of a room, and to...
Page 56 - twixt heaven and earth that man need fear, who carries at his belt this single blade." "One's fate is in the hands of Heaven, but a skillful fighter does not meet with death." "In the last days, one's sword becomes the wealth of one's posterity.
Page 33 - ... published at Yokohama. Harakiri. Need we say that harakiri was for centuries the favourite Japanese method of committing suicide ? There were two kinds of harakiri, obligatory and voluntary. The former was a boon granted by government, who graciously permitted criminals of the Samurai class thus to destroy themselves instead of being handed over to the common executioner. Time and place were officially notified to the condemned, and officials were sent to witness the ceremony. This custom...
Page 36 - Regarded, as it was, as being of divine origin, dear to the general as the symbol of his anthority, cherished by the samurai as almost a part of his own self, and considered by the common people as their protector against violence, what wonder that we should find it spoken of in glowing terms by Japanese writers as "the " precious possession of lord and vassal from times older
Page 29 - ... country either as sailors or soldiers. The system of the fine sieve is of course applied to the officers only in each service ; the rank and file receive a sound practical training, but " little or no attention is paid by the officers to the teaching of parade and show movements to their men. . . . Women not occupying the position in Japanese Society they do in the West, little or no pains are taken by the military authorities of the Mikado to cater for their amusement, and the result is one...
Page 34 - ... Germany in 1895 by giving up the conquered territory of Liao-tung, than forty military men committed suicide in the ancient way. As we sit correcting these proofs in June, 1904, news comes of many officers and men on board a captured transport ripping themselves up rather than surrender to the foe. Even women are found ready to kill themselves for loyalty and duty, but the approved method in their case is cutting the throat. Nowise strange, but admirable according to Japanese ideas, was it that...
Page 36 - ... honour and renown as it has in Japan. Regarded, as it was, as being of divine origin, dear to the general as the symbol of his authority, cherished by the samurai as almost a part of his own self, and considered by the common people as their protector against violence, what wonder that we should find it spoken of in glowing terms by Japanese writers as ' the precious possession of lord and vassal from times older than the Divine period...
Page 3 - all is fair in love and war," and scrupled not to resort to devices of the most dishonourable kind in order to gain a desired object. / And...
Page 5 - ... and the whimsical oxen which twist out from the turrets. By line alone Villard de Honnecourt has captured the elegant transparency of the Laon tower as it soars above cathedral and town. He wrote under his drawing of the plan of the north tower of the Laon facade: As you will learn from this book, I have been in many lands, but nowhere have I seen a tower like that of Laon.
Page 20 - College grounds, and even then for never more than three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon. Each...

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