2 Books : Samurai Weapons + Japanese Swords (2) - . - Japan - 2008-2010

2 Books : Samurai Weapons + Japanese Swords (2) - . - Japan - 2008-2010
Very good condition, see description - 2×23×30 cm

Book 1

Samurai Weapons - Tools of the Warrior
179 pages
Soft cover
23 x 15 cm
Don Cunningham, 2008

While the samurai is well known as the military nobility of medieval Japan, their range of weapons, which went far beyond the katana, bow, and spear, is lesser known. For instance, some weapons, like the tesson, or iron fan, were used in secret where samurai swords were not allowed. Others were improvised, with warriors using whatever fighting tool was at hand. In Samurai Weapons, readers will follow the story of Zenigata Heiji, among others, who developed an uncanny ability to use heavy coins as dangerous weapons by throwing them like bullets.

Chapters cover such rich details as:
* Japanese martial arts culture
* Hidden weapons
* Sensu, truncheons, and polearms


Book 2

Japanese Swords - Cultural Icons of a Nation - The History, Metallurgy and Iconography of the Samurai Sword
176 pages
Soft cover
30 x 23 cm
Colin Max Roach, 2010

This book discusses the history, development, and spiritual symbolism of the sword, as well as the esoteric metallurgical techniques used in making it. It also covers the intense training practices used by skilled swordsmen.

Japanese Swords also includes a companion DVD featuring a beautifully-filmed documentary that explores the traditional swordmaker's craft. The DVD also contains an introduction to the Japanese sword at a sword shop in Kyoto and a visit to a dojo for a beginner's class in the medieval sword-drawing art called iaido.

Lot details
Total nr of items
2 Books : Samurai Weapons + Japanese Swords
Region/ Country of origin
Very good condition, see description
2×23×30 cm
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