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Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584-1645) is the most revered and celebrated swordsman in Japanese history; unfortunately, our modern portrait of this folk hero is derived mainly from popular books, comics, and film, with little heed paid to the early records by men who knew Musashi, practiced with Musashi, and went into battle with Musashi.
This groundbreakingthree-part seriesreturns to these earliest of records to unravel the legend and thereby recapture the real character of this enigmatic medieval swordsman.
Part I, the Bush denraiki, throws a new and refreshing light on many aspects of especially Musashi's early life--his troubled relations with his father, his first battle experience during Japan's period of unification, the sad death of his illegitimate child, and of course his legendary duel on Ganry Island. For those interested in the sword culture of Japan, this true story of its most iconic figure is essential reading.