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This book will be widely welcomed by more serious Budo practitioners who are concerned more about substance rather than style and will thereby gain valuable insight into the mindset of Japan’s unique warrior culture.
Caroline Humphrey and David Sneath
The vast steppe region of Inner Asia is historically dominated by Mongol culture, Buddhist-shamanist religion and an economy based on mobile pastoralism. Now, as its constituent states – China, Russia and Mongolia – adapt to market conditions, this long-standing cultural economic zone is seen to ...
This provoking study of the Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyu) examines the ideological foundation of its place in history and the broader context of Japanese cultural values where it has emerged as a so-called ‘quintessential’ component of the culture. Sen Soshitsu Xl argued that tea be viewed as ...
Ki, or inner energy, has been a propelling force in Japanese culture, religion and martial arts for centuries. The 1980s and 1990s were notable for increasing interest in Ki in self-fulfilment. The book includes pictures of ki’s healing powers as well as ki in action in Aikido.
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