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This book makes me appreciate kendo more as a practitioner, and I would recommend it to everyone who is interested to deepen their understanding of the art and educate themselves in the underpinnings of what made kendo the way it is.
The practice of Japanese martial arts is rife with exaggerations and misunderstandings even among long-time practitioners. These myths are held as truth, to the detriment of a deep understanding. If you are looking for a clear-headed look at the historical milieu from which modern kendo has spring, this is the book for you.
Kendo: Culture Of The Sword is a very different kind of book in this regard.
Whilst there is a detailed explanation of Kendo's foundation and its roots in martial history, it then takes a very interesting turn towards Kendo as it developed in the early part of the 20th century and its growth through pre/post war to the present. I have to read a book that explores this era in such depth, and the result is a surprising one.
I wouldn't out-rightly use the word "controversial" here, but Culture Of The Sword does show all aspects of the Kendo world, and like every world, there are positives and negatives that exist. I've never read a book on Kendo that explores these facets and most other volumes tend to shy away from the "warts and all" realities.
However, this is by no means a negative book. It is very clear that the author is moved deeply by the subject matter and his endeavors within it. What's refreshing though in this instance is that instead of relying on "fall-back" philosophies, the book absolutely attempts to explore the possibilities of what Kendo can provide to adherents and investigates what exactly it is about this martial art that is compelling to an ever-growing number of practitioners.
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A must read for all western kendoka