Bushido and the Art of Living
An Inquiry into Samurai Values
Philosophy & Religion
￥3,400 (Hardcover) | ￥2,800 (Paperback)
Published by JPIC | ISBN 978-4-916055-86-6 (Hardcover) | ISBN 978-4-86658-051-7 (Paperback) | 184 pages | 220mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2017
About the Book
What is Bushido? What is Budo? How are the culture and traditions of samurai connected with the modern martial arts? Is the ancient wisdom of Japan's feudal warriors truly relevant in the twenty-first century? If so, how can it be accessed? This book addresses these questions, and is a must read not only for martial artists, but also for those who want to know more about the enigmatic Japanese mind and notions of self-identity.
About the Author
Alexander Bennett is currently employed as a Professor at Kansai University's Division of International Affairs. Bennett is Vice President of the International Naginata Federation, on the International Committee of the All Japan Kendo Federation, a Director of the Japanese Academy of Budo, and represents NZ Kendo as Head Coach. Recent publications in English include Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai (Tuttle, 2014); Kendo: Culture of the Sword (University of California Press, 2015), Naginata: History and Practice (Bunkasha International, 2016).
"Bookshelves are positively groaning with titles on the martial arts, many of them breezy, hastily written works born of faddish, market-driven forces. Well versed on ancient texts, manuals and treatises on bushidō, the “way of the warrior,” Bennett draws from a font of knowledge on Japanese culture and religion that make his views and interpretations well worth listening to. Invoking works such as “Koyo-gunkan,” a 17th-century text that examines the attributes of the powerful daimyo Takeda Shingen and his son, Katsuyori, the author also sets aside time for “Hagakure,” an important book on Bushido. Despite its tarnished reputation as a manual of samurai-oriented ethics requisitioned by the militarists in the 1930s, and also a text strongly associated with the ultra-rightist writer Yukio Mishima, Bennett finds a good deal of merit in the work. These books bear some comparison, perhaps, to certain Roman historical texts, with their digressions on leadership, Confucian prescripts on the characteristics of ideal patriarchs, and certain Shakespearean plays, which incorporate commentaries on good and poor governance."
Stephen Mansfield, The Japan Times
Original Japanese Version / 原書情報