♥ 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 ..."
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♥ 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 ..."
♥ 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
☯ Full Synopsis : "Brings eighteenth century martial arts parables to life in graphic novel format."Article| Sean Michael Wilson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Looking for the Lost
☯ Full Synopsis : ""In his final work Alan Booth takes us on a fascinating journey by foot through three remote regions of Japan to search for the country's geographic and spiritual heart - and for the elusive connections between present and past, self and society. Looking for the Lost is a beautifully written, opinionated, and entertaining look at the life and slow death of a culture, and a poignant self-portrait of a writer also nearing death." "Booth's journeys begin in the far north, in the homeland of modern Japan's most famous outcast, the decadent novelist Osamu Dazai. His often hilarious encounters in the towns along the lonely, underdeveloped coast where Dazai grew up reveal a region caught between change and tradition, where the effects of Japan's economic miracle are only now being felt. Booth then explores the tangled wilds of southern Kyushu - the battlegrounds where Saigo Takamori, one of Japan's most-loved tragic heroes, led his small rebel army in a futile last stand against overwhelming government forces in 1877. Finally he turns to the mountains and rivers in central Japan where the Heike clan, defeated by the Genji in the epochal twelfth-century civil war, were said to have dispersed. The bloody fall of the Heike marked the decline of refined court culture, an aristocratic golden age that Japan still clings to, however tenuously, in a time of love hotels, tourist traps, and industrial sprawl."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved"Article| Alan Booth| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Swordsman's Handbook
☯ Full Synopsis : "There is perhaps no more potent symbol of the samurai era than the sword. By the seventeenth century in Japan, the art of swordsmanship had begun to take on an almost cult-like popularity. Swordsmanship was more than a mastery of technique; it was a path toward self-mastery. The Swordsman’s Handbook is the definitive collection of writings by men who saw the study of swordsmanship not only as essential to life and death, but as something that transcended life and death as well. Their teaching, that dealing with conflict is an art that requires grace and courage, speaks to us today with surprising immediacy and relevance. Included in this collection are writings by Kotada Yahei Toshitada, Takuan Soho, Yagyu Munenori, Miyamoto Musashi, Matsura Seizan, Issai Chozanshi, and Yamaoka Tesshu."Article| William Scott Wilson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Before the Dawn
☯ Full Synopsis : "An historical novel portrays the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate and the changes in Japanese life after the arrival of Commodore Perry."Article| Tōson Shimazaki| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The One Taste of Truth
☯ Full Synopsis : "Traditionally in China and Japan, drinking a cup of tea was an opportunity for contemplation, meditation, and an elevation of mind and spirit. Here, renowned translator William Scott Wilson distills what is singular and precious about this traditional tea culture, and he explores the fascinating connection between Zen and tea drinking. He unpacks the most common phrases from Zen and Chinese philosophy—usually found in Asia printed on hanging scrolls in tea rooms, restaurant alcoves, family rooms, and martial arts dojos—that have traditionally served as points of contemplation to encourage the appropriate atmosphere for drinking tea or silent meditation. Part history, part philosophy, part inspirational guide, The One Taste of Truth will connect you to the distinctive pleasure of sipping tea and allowing it to transport your mind and thoughts. This beautifully written book will appeal to tea lovers and anyone interested in tea culture, Chinese philosophy, and Zen."Article| William Scott Wilson| Statement ..."
♥ 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 : Afoot in Japan
☯ Full Synopsis : "Some two hundred and fifty years ago, there was a historicalcultural shift in Japan that witnessed people of every socialstripe on the road, sometimes for weeks and even months, outfor the sheer pleasure of being out and away from their everyday lives. As the number of travelers increased on the roads, so did the number of inns, tea houses, noodle shops and souvenir shops-many still extant today-to accommodate them. In time, this led to a great cross-section of ideas and local cultures, and came to help redefine what it meant to be Japanese. This was ref lected especially in literature, and by the early 1800s, detailed guidebooks were published making travel all the more convenient.After numerous requests from his friends, Yasumi Roan, an experienced traveler, wrote and published Ryoko yojinshu, here entitled Afoot in Japan, in 1810. In this short work he includes detailed tips, information, and instructive poems on a myriad subjects: from footwear, changes in water, poisonous bugs, what to wear in colder climates to how to prevent fatigue. For the more security-minded, there are even printed talismans to ward off whatever dangers one might encounter on the road.Traveling on foot in an unfamiliar environment presents many of thesame problems to the modern Japanese as it does to the Westerner who decides to go off the beaten path in Japan today. Thus, the periodic republications of this two hundred year old book in the original and modern Japanese, and this English translation as well. Shod with a good pair of shoes and carrying a copy of Roan's tips, the adventurous hiker-either rural or urban-will be well-equipped for a safe and rewarding journey.-- WSW"Article| Yasumi Roan| 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 : Japan's World War II Balloon Bomb Attacks on North America (Smithsonian Annals of Flight)
☯ Full Synopsis : "Originally published in 1973. Illustrated with maps, charts and photographs."Article| C. Robert Mikesh| Statement ..."