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Katsunos Revenge and Other Tales of the Samurai Asataro Miyamori

Katsunos Revenge and Other Tales of the Samurai

Asataro Miyamori

Published April 7th 2006
ISBN : 9780486447421
Paperback
144 pages
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These eight compelling stories offer valuable insights into Japanese culture. Recounted by a distinguished scholar, they feature scenes from samurai life that embody the concept of Bushido, the way of the warrior. Their portrayals of loyalty,MoreThese eight compelling stories offer valuable insights into Japanese culture. Recounted by a distinguished scholar, they feature scenes from samurai life that embody the concept of Bushido, the way of the warrior. Their portrayals of loyalty, romance, passion, and heroism offer a true reflection of the values of the Japanese knighthood.Largely fact-based, these fables originated among the traditional storytellers of Japan and were later adapted into romances and historical dramas. Asataro Miyamori, a professor of English at the Oriental University in Tokyo, drew upon authentic sources in compiling this volume, which first appeared in 1920. In the preface, Miyamori observed, It is true the samurai class has gone forever along with feudalism- but fortunately or unfortunately the Japanese at large are samurai in a sense. . . . European civilization has revolutionized Japanese society, both for better and for worse. . . . yet it may safely be said that the sentiments, motives and moral principles of the samurai in some measure remain in the bedrock of their character, in their subconsciousness, so to speak. The Japanese of today are intellectually cosmopolitan, but emotionally they are still samurai to no small degree.