♥ Book Title : Walking the Kiso Road
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Step back into old Japan in this fascinating travelogue of the famous Kiso Road, an ancient route used by samurai and warlords, which remains much the same today as it did hundreds of years ago. Travel with William Scott Wilson, esteemed translator of samurai philosophy, along Japan's famous Kiso Road (Kisoji in Japanese), an ancient and historic route that runs from north to south through the Kiso Valley in the Japanese Alps. The road was officially established in 1602, but ancient records show that it has been in use since at least 701, probably by merchants and hunters. In the seventeenth century, the road was a route for the daimyo (warlords) to travel on their biennial trips--along with their samurai and porters--to the new capital of Edo (now Tokyo). The natural beauty of the route is renowned--and famously inspired a series of woodblock prints by the artist Hiroshige. Walking the Kiso Road is a window into old Japan, and Wilson shares its rich history and lore, literary and artistic significance, cuisine and architecture. Wilson is a delightful and expert guide. His storytelling ability; vast knowledge of Japanese history, literature, and culture; and warm and readable writing style make this a book that will be treasured as much by armchair travelers as by tourists"--"Article| William Scott Wilson| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Walking the Kiso Road
☯ Full Synopsis : "Take a trip to old Japan with William Scott Wilson as he travels the ancient Kiso Road, a legendary route that remains much the same today as it was hundreds of years ago. The Kisoji, which runs through the Kiso Valley in the Japanese Alps, has been in use since at least 701 C.E. In the seventeenth century, it was the route that the daimyo (warlords) used for their biennial trips—along with their samurai and porters—to the new capital of Edo (now Tokyo). The natural beauty of the route is renowned—and famously inspired the landscapes of Hiroshige, as well as the work of many other artists and writers. Wilson, esteemed translator of samurai philosophy, has walked the road several times and is a delightful and expert guide to this popular tourist destination; he shares its rich history and lore, literary and artistic significance, cuisine and architecture, as well as his own experiences."Article| William Scott Wilson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Lone Samurai
☯ Full Synopsis : "The life of Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645), Japan's greatest samurai swordsman, is chronicled in this first authoritative, "lively and balanced" ("Library Journal"), English-language biography of the impressive warrior. Included is original artwork by Musashi plus Glossary, map, and Appendices."Article| William Scott Wilson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts and Other Tales
☯ Full Synopsis : "Chozanshi was a swordsman with a deep understanding of Taoism, Buddhism,onfucianism and Shinto. "The Demon's Sermon" is a masterful syncreticreatment of these philosophies and religions, bringing their centraleanings to bear on the essence of the martial arts. The demon delivering theermon is the long-nosed half-man, half-bird Tengu, a terrifying but notecessarily malevolent figure who inhabits the recesses of Mount Kurama.pening this volume is a selection of short, humorous tales from Chozanshi's "he Hayseed Taoist" ("Inaka Soshi"). The stories are lessons aboutpontaneity and non-attachment, and prime the reader philosophically for 'Theemon'. The final section is a translation of "The Mysterious Technique ofhe Cat" ("Neko no Myojutsu"), also from "The Hayseed Taoist" and araditional favourite of the martial artists of Japan. The section summariseshe entire work and adroitly illustrates Lao Tzu's dictum that "The mastercts, relying on nothing.""Article| Chozan Niwa| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Japan's Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage
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♥ Book Title : Sailing Alone Around the World
☯ Full Synopsis : "In 1895, at the age of 51, Captain Joshua Slocum left Boston on his sloop Spray. Three years later, after sailing single-handed 46,000 miles around the world, Slocum returned to Newport, Rhode Island. Through this, he was revered by sailors and adventurers around the world. The story of this journey is a classic tale of achievement in the face of overwhelming odds. ""'Walden' without the training wheels."" -Nathaniel Philbrick"Article| Joshua Slocum| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Roads to Sata
☯ Full Synopsis : "Traveling only along small back roads, Alan Booth traversed Japan's entire length on foot, from Soya at the country's northernmost tip, to Cape Sata in the extreme south, across three islands and some 2,000 miles of rural Japan. The Roads to Sata is his wry, witty, inimitable account of that prodigious trek."Article| Alan Booth| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Walking
☯ Full Synopsis : "A lyrical account of an activity that is essential for our sanity, equilibrium, and well-being, from the author of Silence ("A book to be handled and savored." —The Wall Street Journal) Placing one foot in front of the other, embarking on the journey of discovery, and experiencing the joy of exploration—these activities are intrinsic to our nature. Our ancestors traveled long distances on foot, gaining new experiences and learning from them. But as universal as walking is, each of us will experience it differently. For Erling Kagge, it is the gateway to the questions that fascinate him—Why do we walk? Where do we walk from? What is our destination?—and in this book he invites us to investigate them along with him. Language reflects the idea that life is one single walk; the word "journey" comes from the distance we travel in the course of a day. Walking for Kagge is a natural accompaniment to creativity: the occasion for the unspoken dialogue of thinking. Walking is also the antidote to the speed at which we conduct our lives, to our insistence on rushing, on doing everything in a precipitous manner—walking is among the most radical things we can do."Article| Erling Kagge| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Packing Book
☯ Full Synopsis : "Offers advice on packing for business trips, vacations, and brief getaways, tells how to select the most useful luggage, and discusses travel laundry, dressing for the climate, and the clothing needs of children"Article| Judith Gilford| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Kumano Kodo - USTrade B/W
☯ Full Synopsis : "Do you like hiking? Do you enjoy mountainous and isolated trails? Did you already walk the Camino de Santiago? Are you interested in Japanese Culture? Do you enjoy thousand years old Historical and Cultural Temples and Shrines? Then you will enjoy reading this book about the KUMANO KODO, thousand-year-old Pilgrimage trails in the Kii Mountains of Japan. This is the first and only detailed and comprehensive English travel guide for 200 kilometers thousand-year-old mountainous pilgrimage trails in the heart of the Japanese Kii Mountains. This travel guide covers two UNESCO World Heritage Pilgrimage Routes: The Nakahechi and Kohechi Routes with details on: -200 kilometers of trails -16'000 altitude meters -60 hours of hiking Supported by Kumano Kodo History, Spiritual and Cultural Background, Extensive Route Descriptions, Practical Hiking & Travel Experiences, Trail Statistics & Charts, Tips, 600 photos. This book is in B/W print and has 376 pages. Visit www.hansbeumer.com"Article| Hans Beumer| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Pocket Samurai
☯ Full Synopsis : "The samurai of Japan, who were the country’s military elite from medieval times to the end of the nineteenth century, were synonymous with valor, honor, and martial arts prowess. Their strict adherence to the code of bushido ("the way of the warrior"), chivalry, and honor in fighting to the death continues to capture the imagination of people today, inspiring authors, filmmakers, and artists. The Pocket Samurai contains the essential writings of the era by the most esteemed samurai and philosophers of the age, including the iconic Miyamoto Musashi, author of The Book of Five Rings; Yamamoto Tsunetomo, author of Hagakure, the best-known explication of the samurai code; Takuan Soho, a Zen priest and adviser to samurai; Yamaoka Tesshu, a master swordsman whose colorful life was devoted to martial arts and Zen; along with many others."Article| no defined| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Big Open
☯ Full Synopsis : "On foot and on their own, four adventurers brave the challenges of nature on a 275-mile trek through one of the most beautiful—and most remote—regions of the world."Article| Rick Ridgeway| Statement ..."