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Bilingual Guide to the History of Kendo Book by Toshinobu Sakai

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A Bilingual Guide to the History of Kendo, is, as its title suggests, is a bilingual guide to the history of kendo. The author is Sakai Toshinobu, expert in sword history and professor at the University of Tsukuba. The English translation was done by Alex Bennett.

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A Bilingual Guide to the History of Kendo, is, as its title suggests, is a bilingual guide to the history of kendo. The author is Sakai Toshinobu, expert in sword history and professor at the University of Tsukuba. The English translation was done by Alex Bennett.

The book is comprised of a number of essays outlining the earliest sword ideals from the continent and how they were introduced and developed in Japan, right through the international situation of the art in the 21st century.They were originally published every month for two years in Kendo Nippon (2007–2009) with the accompanying English translations always done at the last possible moment. A significant amount of work went into re-jigging the English translations and the Japanese content ready for the publication of the book, but the finished product is a beauty. As the book is bilingual with Japanese text on the left-hand pages, and the English translation on the right, the content provides important reading for kendo enthusiasts who want to know more about the history of the art, and also for people who are engaged in promoting kendo outside of Japan. It may be of particular interest to people who are studying Japanese!

However, being an expert in ancient sword ideals, Sakai sensei placed a fair bit of emphasis on introducing the meaning of swords portrayed in Japan’s myths, and also the religious significance of swordsmanship to the old kengo such as Tsukahara Bokuden and Miyamoto Musashi.
Table of Contents:

Prologue

Section 1 Kendo Tradition
1 Kendo as a Martial Way
2 The Beginnings of Kendo History
3 The Evolution of the Japanese Sword (Nihon-tō)
4 From Bows and Arrows to Swords – Giving up the Gun
5 The Age of the Sword Masters – Tsukahara Bokuden
6 The Age of the Sword Masters – Miyamoto Musashi
7 The Creation of Martial Art Schools
8 The Three Great Kenjutsu Ryūha and their Offshoots
9 The Formulation of Kenjutsu Theory
10 The Origins of Fencing with Shinai
11 The Rise of New Schools and the “Three Great Dōjō of Edo”
12 Kenjutsu in the Nineteenth Century
13 The Modern Period
14 The Development of Modern Kendo
15 Kendo in the Shōwa Period (1926‒1989)
16 The Current Situation and Globalization of Kendo

Section 2 Kendo Culture
1 Sword Ideologies Part 1: The Origins
2 Sword Ideologies Part 2: Sacred Swords in Mythology
3 Sword Ideologies Part 3: “Kusnanagi-no-Tsurugi” and the Imperial Regalia
4 Sword Ideologies Part 4: “Cutting the Self and Others”
5 Ascetic Training of the Masters‒The Sanrō Kaigan Legends
6 Kenjutsu and Religion
7 Lifelong Kendo

Epilogue
Additional Information
SKU BV-81485
Release Date Dec 24, 2010
Other Info No
Book Format Softcover
Languages English,Japanese

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