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The Truth of the Ancient Ways: A Critical Biography of the Swordsman Yamaoka Tesshu

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Among practitioners of Japanese martial arts both in Japan and overseas there is hardly a person not knowing the name of famous swordsman Yamaoka Tesshu, who is also renowned for his calligraphy and pursuits of enlightenment in Zen Buddhism. Despite this, for over a century Tesshu's figure, buried under numerous anecdotes and mythical stories, has presented a contrasting c ...more
Paperback, 1st, 202 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Kodenkan Institute
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Excellent book on a key figure of Japan's transition to modernity, a true martial artist and a primer to understanding the historical background of Japanese martial arts as we know them today.
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Independent scholar. PhD in premodern Japanese history. Worked as lecturer at Hanyang University (Seoul).
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