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The Samurai s Tale

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In turbulent sixteenth-century Japan, orphaned Taro is taken in by a general serving the great warlord Takeda Shingen and grows up to become a samurai fighting for the enemies of his dead family. An ALA Notable Book. Reissue.

The Samurai s Tale Teacher Guide

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Activities to be used in the classroom to accompany the reading of The Samurai's tale by Erik Christian Haugaard.

The Samurai s Tale Student Packet

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Samurai Tales

Author : Romulus Hillsborough
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Samurai Tales is about the legendary men from the samurai class who fought for the helm of power in 19th century Japan. These are stories of courage, honor, fidelity, disgrace, fate, and destiny set in the bloody time of political change and social upheaval in the final years of the Shogun. The final years of the samurai were an age of unprecedented turmoil and bloodletting in Japan. They heralded the end of nearly three centuries of rule under the Tokugawa Shogun. The rule of law was deteriorating, assassination and murder were rampant, and inner-fighting among the warrior class embroiled the nation. After the United States forced an end of over two hundred years of Japanese isolation, two contrasting philosophies were embraced by the samurai. On one side were those who would overthrow the shogun and restore the Emperor to power. Opposing the revolutionaries were the allies of the Tokugawa Bakufu, headed by the shogun. While the shogun's men clashed violently with the revolutionaries, as samurai they shared with each other an allegiance to an unwritten code of honor which governed the ways they lived and died. Theirs was a stoic system of morals which condoned suicide, vengeance and, in some cases, cold-blooded murder. Samurai Tales is, to quote author Romulus Hillsborough, "accurate portrayals of the heart and soul of the samurai, the social and political systems of whom have, like the Japanese sword, become relics of a distant age, but the likes of whose nobility shall never again be seen in this world." In recounting what he terms "the great epic which was the dawn of modern Japan," Hillsborough delves deeply into the psyche of the men of the samurai class. This book would serve well on the bookshelves of martial artists, those interested in samurai culture, or those interested in Japanese history.

Japanese Legends and Folklore

Author : A.B. Mitford
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Japanese Legends and Folklore invites English speakers into the intriguing world of Japanese folktales, ghost stories and historical eyewitness accounts. With a fascinating selection of stories about Japanese culture and history, A.B. Mitford—who lived and worked in Japan as a British diplomat—presents a broad cross section of tales from many Japanese sources. Discover more about practically every aspect of Japanese life—from myths and legends to society and religion. This book features 30 fascinating Japanese stories, including: The Forty-Seven Ronin—the famous, epic tale of a loyal band of Samurai warriors who pay the ultimate price for avenging the honor of their fallen master. The Tongue-Cut Sparrow—a good-hearted old man is richly rewarded when he begs forgiveness from a sparrow who is injured by his spiteful, greedy wife. The Adventures of Little Peach Boy—a tale familiar to generations of Japanese children, a small boy born from a peach is adopted by a kindly childless couple. Japanese Sermons—a selection of sermons written by a priest belonging to the Shingaku sect, which combines Buddhist, Shinto and Confucian teachings. An Account of Hara-Kiri—Mitford's dramatic first person account of a ritual Samurai suicide, the first time it had been reported in English. Thirty-one reproductions of woodblock prints bring the classic tales and essays to life. These influential stories helped shape the West's understanding of Japanese culture. A new foreword by Professor Michael Dylan Foster sheds light on the book's importance as a groundbreaking work of Japanese folklore, literature and history.

Tales of the Samurai

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Samurai Wisdom Stories

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A collection of samurai stories, drawn from traditional sources, of battles, strategy, conflict, and intrigue--featuring some of the greatest warriors and military leaders of the samurai era. Martial artist and samurai scholar Pascal Fauliot has collected and retold twenty-eight wisdom tales of the samurai era. The tales are set in the golden age of bushido and represent the pinnacle of traditional Japanese culture in which aristocratic tastes, feudal virtues, and martial skills come together with the implacable insights of Zen. Some of the stories--like "The Samurai and the Zen Cat"--are iconic; others are obscure. They feature notable figures from samurai history and legend: miltary leaders and strategists such as Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu; sword masters; ronin; the warrior monk Benkei, and the ninja-samurai Kakei Juzo, among many others. These samurai stories are pithy and engaging, and include tales of battle, strategy, loyalty conflicts, court intrigues, breakthroughs in a warrior's development, and vengeance achieved or foregone. Each tale reveals a gesture or an outcome that represents greater insight or higher virtue.

The Boy and the Samurai

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Having grown up as an orphan of the streets while sixteenth-century Japan is being ravaged by civil war, Saru seeks to help a samurai rescue his wife from imprisonment by a warlord so they can all flee to a more peaceful life. Reissue.

Samurai 8 The Tale of Hachimaru Vol 4

Author : Masashi Kishimoto
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A futuristic tale of samurai adventure from the creator of Naruto! Becoming a samurai seems like an impossible dream for Hachimaru, a boy who can’t even survive without the help of his father. But when a samurai cat appears before him, his whole life changes! A legendary creator and a rising manga star come together to bring you this science fiction samurai epic! Hachimaru is the last man standing in the samurai battle royale, and that earns him the right to face the founder of the festival. Can Hachimaru recruit the powerful warrior who calls himself a key to Pandora's Box? Or is something more nefarious about to go down…?

The Haunted House

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This is a reprint of the Second Edition of this work which contains considerably more information than the first edition. At the time of its publication in 1847 it was very favourably received. China was mysterious and largely unknown to Westerners when Robert Fortune set out on his travels. The few travellers who had ventured there were largely confined to Canton or Macao and saw nothing of the central area, its provinces and government.

Gay Tales of the Samurai

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Forty Seven Samurai

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A remarkable and true tale of loyalty, vengeance, and ritual suicide. . . . In the spring of 1701, the regional lord Asano Naganori wounded his supervising official, Kira Yoshinaka, during an important ceremony in the ruling shogunate's Edo Castle and was at once condemned to death. Within two years, in the dead of winter, a band of forty-seven of Asano's retainers avenged him by breaking into Yoshinaka’s mansion and killing him. Subsequently, all the men were sentenced to death but allowed to perform it honorably by seppuku. This incident—often called the Ako Incident—became a symbol of samurai honor andat once prompted stage dramatization in kabuki and puppet theater. It has since has been told and retold in short and long stories, movies, TV dramas. The story has also attracted the attention of foreign writers and translators. The most recent retelling was the 2013 Hollywood film 47 Ronin, with Keanu Reeves, though it was wildly and willfully distorted. What did actually happen and how has this famous vendetta resonated through history? Hiroaki Sato's examination is a close, comprehensive look at the Ako Incident through the context of its times, portraits of the main protagonists, and its literary legacy in the haiku ofthe avengers. Also included is Sato's new translation of Akutagawa Ryunosuke's short story about leader Oishi Kuranosuke as he awaited sentencing.

Tales of the Samurai and Lady Hosokawa a Historical Drama

Author : Asatarō Miyamori
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Samurai 8 The Tale of Hachimaru Vol 5

Author : Masashi Kishimoto
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A futuristic tale of samurai adventure from the creator of Naruto! Becoming a samurai seems like an impossible dream for Hachimaru, a boy who can’t even survive without the help of his father. But when a samurai cat appears before him, his whole life changes! A legendary creator and a rising manga star come together to bring you this science fiction samurai epic! The secrets of the universe are revealed as Hachimaru fights for his life in the final volume of Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru.

Tales of Old Japan

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Compiled by one of the first foreign diplomats in Japan, this famous collection of classic tales covers an engrossing array of subjects: ghost stories, fairy tales, folklore, a fascinating eyewitness account of a hara-kiri ceremony, and gripping narratives of vampires and samurai. A treasury of information on Japanese locales, customs, and characters, this volume delights as it entertains, chronicling acts of heroism, devotion, ruthlessness, and chivalry that illuminate the island nation's culture.

The Tales of the Heike

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Originally written in the mid-thirteenth century, The Tales of the Heike chronicles the epic Genpei war, a civil conflict that marked the end of the power of the Heike clan and changed the course of Japanese history. Featuring a vivid cast of characters, the book depicts the emerging world of the medieval samurai and recounts in absorbing detail the chaos of the battlefield, the intrigue of the imperial court, and the gradual loss of courtly tradition. This new, abridged translation presents the work's most gripping episodes and includes woodblock illustrations, a glossary of characters, and an extended bibliography.

Samurai Bridge

Author : Robert F. MacKinnon
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Undoubtedly the most unusual piece of bridge fiction ever published, Samurai Bridge takes the reader to a remote village in early 19th century Japan. At first, the characters may seem familiar -- the heroic masterless samurai (a ronin), the evil town magistrate, the downtrodden peasants, the tea-house madam with a heart of gold, and so forth. But soon we realize that these people are different -- they are all fanatical bridge players, and the climactic battle between the forces of good and evil will take place not in the dojo, but at the card table. A host of fascinating people inhabit this book -- a seductive ghost with her own agenda for the ronin, a Buddhist monk who finds it hard to relinquish earthly pleasures, a bathhouse-girl whose humble appearance masks something much more deadly, an out-of-work actor who has unwillingly become involved in a complex masquerade, a notary whose father was bridge professional to the Emperor until he fell out of favor, and many more. There is plenty of swordplay and romance as the story moves along, interspersed with philosophical asides on the Zen of bridge and a fascinating account of bridge as played at the Imperial court. Sex, violence, my

The Courage of the Samurai

Author : Josep Lopez Romero
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"The Courage of the Samurai"Despite the enormous progress made by humanity, we still have not managed to eradicate fear from our lives. The old fears, such as the fear of dying or of suffering in a natural disaster, are now supplemented by others with newer origins, which take on obscure and phantasmal forms: fear of failure in life, fear of mental suffering, fear of madness, fear of social rejection, fear of emptiness, fear of horror, fear of one's own thoughts, fear of fear. These fears are more difficult to conquer, because they are obscure and faceless, intangible and elusive, monstrously malignant. Not everyone suffers from them to the same degree, but epidemiological statistics on anxiety as a disorder associated with different illnesses show that this plague is spreading. Moreover, they warn of the difficulties in fighting it, since these are diffuse fears whose source or specific cause is very difficult to identify.In our day-to-day lives, when we lack the minimum of courage needed to face reality, we enter in crisis and we feel confused. We note how the fear of loss, the fear of death, the fear of other people, the fear of our thoughts is accentuated until we reach extremes of pure undiluted suffering. This is exactly what happens to the young executive Val, whose life is supposedly happy until it is invaded by an obscure and unassailable fear. A fear that rapidly makes itself at home and takes over his life.Val has sufficient clarity of mind to look for help and finally finds it in the person of an old Japanese sage, Yūk, devoted to restoring fortresses. The wise Yūk tells him the story of a samurai who managed to overcome his fears with a new and powerful brand of courage.As one of the characters in this delightful and initiatory story says by way of a summing up: "The true antidote against fear is courage. Not courage drawn from physical strength and the ability to destroy one's enemies, but courage drawn from love and the ability to build in companionship with others. True human courage does not mean charging into the battle without the fear of death, but in facing life with courage."This is the positive message contained in The Courage of the Samurai: courage can be rebuilt and to do so it is necessary to obtain (or retrieve) a series of "values", in this case in the form of some strange old coins which the Samurai from the title must use to build some very special armor. These are the ten values of courage: The value of life in itselfThe value of the healing silenceThe value of objectivesThe value of primary loveThe value of griefThe value of self-knowledge/The value of freedomThe value of imaginationThe value of respect for NatureThe value of othernessThe value of creationIn conclusion, The Courage of the Samurai is a fable about courage and fear, specifically about the important role that courage still plays today in the struggle against the new fears of modern society. It defends the thesis that its is possible to defeat these new fears and explains how to do so in a way that is straightforward and accessible for the pubic at large.

The Smallest Samurai

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Inchkin, a young man only a few inches tall, takes on the job of protecting Prince Sanjo's daughter and must defend the princess from two fiery demons, in a retelling of a classic Japanese tale, complemented by Japanese-style artwork. Originally published as Little Inchkin. Reissue.

Samurai 8 The Tale of Hachimaru Vol 3

Author : Masashi Kishimoto
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A futuristic tale of samurai adventure from the creator of Naruto! Becoming a samurai seems like an impossible dream for Hachimaru, a boy who can’t even survive without the help of his father. But when a samurai cat appears before him, his whole life changes! A legendary manga creator and a rising star come together to bring you this science fiction samurai epic! Hachimaru has survived the attack of the deadly assassin Ata, but he’s not out of danger just yet. When the moon starts plummeting toward the planet, Hachimaru will have to use his master's powerful technique to save everyone! But in order to save the entire galaxy, the other samurai keys will have to be found. What kinds of trouble await Hachimaru as he leaves his home for the first time?