Ideals of the Samurai: Writings of Japanese Warriors

Front Cover
William Scott Wilson, Gregory Lee
Ohara Publications, 1982 - Sports & Recreation - 143 pages
0 Reviews
Translated and introduced by accomplished Japanese language and literature scholar William Scott Wilson, this anthology compiles the writings of 12 samurai warriors and paints a cultural picture of feudal Japan between the 13th and 17th centuries. Each warrior's text is preceded by a brief summary of his life and career. What emerges from this collection is a picture of the samurai class that not only acknowledges a man's behavior on the battlefield but also surprises with its depth and humanity.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

INTRODUCTION
13
THE MESSAGE OF MASTER GOKURAKUJI
36
THE REGULATIONS OF IMAGAWA RYOSHUN
58
Copyright

5 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1982)

Kaibara Ekiken was a samurai physician and became known for his intellect and wide interests, which encompassed a myriad of subjects, including Confucianism, Buddhism, education, history, herbal remedies, spiritual issues, and philosophy.
William Scott Wilson is the well-known translator of many Japanese and Chinese classics, most recently Kodansha's The 36 Secret Strategies of the Martial Arts. Kodansha's edition of Hagakure, published in 1979, was Wilson's first translation; his other translations include The Book of Five Rings,
The Life-Giving Sword and The Demons Sermon on the Martial Arts. He is also the author of The Lone Samurai.

Bibliographic information