Complete Musashi: The Book of Five Rings and Other Works: The Definitive Translations of the Complete Writings of Miyamoto Musashi--JapanÆs Greatest Samurai



Complete Musashi: The Book of Five Rings and Other Works: The Definitive Translations of the Complete Writings of Miyamoto Musashi--JapanÆs Greatest SamuraiMiyamoto Musashi 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 AlikeAlex Bennett S Groundbreaking New Translation Of The Book Of Five Rings Reveals 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 Principle Of Awareness 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 Unlike Other Translations That Are Based On Incomplete And Inaccurate Versions Of Musashi S Work, Bennett S Is The First To Be Based On A Careful Reconstruction Of The Long Lost Original Manuscript Capturing The Subtle Nuances Of The Original Japanese Classic, The Result Is A Far Accurate And Meaningful English Version Of The Book Of Five Rings Text Richly Annotated And With An Extensive Introduction To Musashi S Life, This Version Includes A Collection Of His Other Writings Translated Into English For The First Time A Respected Scholar, As Well As A Skilled Martial Artist, Bennett S Understanding Of Musashi S Life And Work Is Unparalleled This Book Will Be Widely Read By Students Of Japanese Culture, History Military Strategy, And Martial Arts It Sets A New Standard Against Which All Other Translations Will Be Measured

Miyamoto Musashi , c 1584 June 13, 1645 , also known as Shinmen Takez , Miyamoto Bennosuke or, by his Buddhist name, Niten D raku, was an expert Japanese swordsman and r nin Musashi, as he was often simply known, became renowned through stories of his excellent swordsmanship in numerous duels, even from a very young age He was the founder of the Hy h Niten Ichi ry or Niten ry style of swordsmanship and the author of The Book of Five Rings Go Rin No Sho , a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.

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10 thoughts on “Complete Musashi: The Book of Five Rings and Other Works: The Definitive Translations of the Complete Writings of Miyamoto Musashi--JapanÆs Greatest Samurai

  1. Mike Stolfi says:

    An intellectual emotional review of this collected work is irrelevant to what s contained.I m sure others can blather on about it, but not me.Sure, technically I finished it, but it s the kind of thing you keep reviewing endlessly until you ve absorbed it all.

  2. Marci says:

    Bennett s translation, not merely of Musashi s Book of Five Rings but his other surviving works on swordsmanship, is honestly grand Less for the Book of Five Rings section this is fairly straight forward and not unlike other good translations But the other materials collected in the book and Bennett s honest biographical work as opposed to thecommon hagiographical presentations is completely worth the read for anyone interested in the topic Additionally, Bennett does an excellent job Bennett s translation, not merely of Musashi s Book of Five Rings but his other surviving works on swordsmanship, is honestly grand Less for the Book of Five Rings section this is fairly straight forward and not unlike other good translations But the other materials collected in the book and Bennett s honest biographical work as opposed to thecommon hagiographical presentations is completely worth the read for anyone interested in the topic Additionally, Bennett does an excellent job of noting the places wherein the collected texts overlap and where they differ, giving a view into Musashi s growth as an instructor.The only way I could have been happier about this book is if it could have been published in a bilingual edition

  3. Marquis says:

    Very interesting book on the concept of The Way Miyamoto Musashi s Book of the Five Rings discusses the art of the dual sword He goes into depth about the tactics of using the sword and the advantages of using two Being a fan of Japanese culture and sword culture I was intrigued by this read but I hoped it would beof a mental insight when it wasof a physical strategic guide This version does give a good time line of his life before the actual scrolls but had a lot of name jargo Very interesting book on the concept of The Way Miyamoto Musashi s Book of the Five Rings discusses the art of the dual sword He goes into depth about the tactics of using the sword and the advantages of using two Being a fan of Japanese culture and sword culture I was intrigued by this read but I hoped it would beof a mental insight when it wasof a physical strategic guide This version does give a good time line of his life before the actual scrolls but had a lot of name jargon Fun read but didn t take too much from it

  4. Troy Klessig says:

    Really disappointed with the translations done within this book Will need to get a different copy of the Book of Five Rings.

  5. Books on Asia says:

    We were impressed with this version of Gorinnosho, the Book of Five Rings, as well as the other short writings accompanying it We ve read some pretty bad translations of Book of Five Rings so this was a pleasure to read as it is sharp, concise and iscreative with repetitive phrases which seems to be the bane of many translations of this book and other books written by masters on other subjects since every major point ends with study this diligently We appreciated the author s effort We were impressed with this version of Gorinnosho, the Book of Five Rings, as well as the other short writings accompanying it We ve read some pretty bad translations of Book of Five Rings so this was a pleasure to read as it is sharp, concise and iscreative with repetitive phrases which seems to be the bane of many translations of this book and other books written by masters on other subjects since every major point ends with study this diligently We appreciated the author s effort to explore all the different ways one can translate this sentiment for ease of reading for the native English speaker I remember slamming shut earlier translations of Book of 5 Rings because I couldn t take onerepetition of study this diligently There are also helpful photos and stylized ink illustrations that add to the text As Japanophiles, we appreciated the inclusion of kanji characters for the subheadings next to the English Copious footnotes help direct the reader to a treasure trove of reference materials and other possible books to read as Miyamoto Musashi is a source of endless fascination

  6. Maria says:

    This would be a great resource for kendo practitioners but was lost on me It s less theory andnuts and bolts of how to sword fight.

  7. Jay Ahn says:

    3.5 out of 5My rating is towards this particular edition translation.The aim of Bennett s book is to be the most complete package of Musashi s writings Not only does it contain the 35 articles and Dokkoudo, it even includes earlier manuals Musashi wrote on swordsmanship Bennett also provides a very thorough introduction, explaining the history and myth surrounding Musashi, as well as, being a martial artist himself, several budo concepts and combat terminology However, I feel that the transla 3.5 out of 5My rating is towards this particular edition translation.The aim of Bennett s book is to be the most complete package of Musashi s writings Not only does it contain the 35 articles and Dokkoudo, it even includes earlier manuals Musashi wrote on swordsmanship Bennett also provides a very thorough introduction, explaining the history and myth surrounding Musashi, as well as, being a martial artist himself, several budo concepts and combat terminology However, I feel that the translation is not the best Directness and straightforwardness were important parts of the pragmatism in Musashi s words, and I feel Bennett s word choices sometimes beats around the bush, or tries to evoke a poetic feeling Bennett also, perhaps out of his love for the subject, makes heavy use of footnotes, and sometimes it is hard to tell if one is mainly reading Musashi with commentary, or if one is mostly reading commentary with pieces of Musashi.I did however enjoy this excerpt from the Wind ScrollHe who hurries falls down and will end up being too slow Slowness is also not good Those who are highly accomplished may seem slow but they never lose their timing Whatever the case, a skilled practitioner never appears to be rushed

  8. Philippe Fanaro says:

    This book is muchprofound than you think Musashi mainly talks about swordsmanship, but everything there is highly generalizable to other craftsmanships and sports Forinfo about the book, read athorough review on this post translation and editing is great, from a very experienced translator and Kendo practitioner This book is muchprofound than you think Musashi mainly talks about swordsmanship, but everything there is highly generalizable to other craftsmanships and sports Forinfo about the book, read athorough review on this post translation and editing is great, from a very experienced translator and Kendo practitioner

  9. Mark says:

    1 Do not think dishonestly 2 The Way is in training 3 Become acquainted with every art 4 Know the Ways of all professions 5 Distinguish between gain and loss in worldly matters 6 Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything 7 Perceive those things which cannot be seen 8 Pay attention even to trifles 9 Do nothing which is of no use.Not much to argue with here

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