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The Hundred Rules of War Paperback – July 28, 2017
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A book by a veteran Samurai to young warriors who had not tasted battle. The man known as a sword saint, Tsukahara Bokuden 1489-1571, composed this work seventy-five years before Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings. Bokuden studied Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto School and later founded the Kashima Shinto School of sword fighting. This book, which consists of a hundred songs, was transmitted to Samurai who had not yet fought in battle. In the early 1600s a forward was written by the Zen Priest Takuan Soho. Later the eighth Tokugawa Shogun Yoshimune added an introduction. This is the first English translation of this work and it is presented beside the original Japanese brush script. The English will be on the facing page. According to the afterward, for several generations this document was only transmitted to only one other person.
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 28, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 204 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1548035661
- ISBN-13 : 978-1548035662
- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.46 x 9 inches
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Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2019
It was a fast read. Every other page was the original Japanese text paired next to the translation. A good bit of knowledge in the writing. A must read for anyone into preparedness. Similar to the Art of War by Sun Tzu but much shorter, and geared toward the individual.
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Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2021
Great Book, it's a pretty quick read with some neat nuanced rules you'd never think about! Highly recommend it!
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2018
A great translation of Tsukahara Bokuden's work by Eric Shahan. Detailed view of the original text on one side and a translation on the other. Though it may seem very basic to many, it is a great supplement for detailed historical research on Samurai History.
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An unusual interesting BookReviewed in Germany on September 13, 2021
This book contains the japanese original and an annotated translation. It makes for an interesting but short read (The page number is inflated by the fact that the japanese original takes up a lot of space and the translation ist then mostly less than a half page.)