- Oct 2016
I am STILL pondering some of his philosophy . I will probably never get it as no one has that way of life anymore. But most who practice any of the Japanese sword arts know of him. One time, after a long session on 'rhythm' , by a rather good teacher whose 'special sword training session' I went to , I asked if those rhythms we were examining where what Mushashi was referring to when he wrote ; " Do not attack ho-ho-hum-ho-ho ... attack ho-hum-hum ho- hum. " ... the first time I read that I was ... what the **** ? "Wow! Japanese culture is so rich. Shintoism is such a fantastic philosophy. I love Japan
I recently read some historical drama set in Shogun era Japan and it was absolutely mesmerizing. There was this historical character called Miyamoto Musashi that was amazing
(The answer was ; "Maybe." )
Some frowned upon him , disdainfully ; "He did not bathe ! " ( a shocking thing in Samurai culture ) ..... he didnt want to get his sword wet .... and it was unthinkable to him to not have it immediately at hand ... such is the problem of remaining 'undefeated ' .
Here is another great novel
Across the Nightingale Floor - Wikipedia
and , if you like movies, I highly recommend ' Twilight Samurai' - an unusual Japanese 'sword movie' , in that the hero gives up status and appearances in order to look after his daughters and crazy mother-in -law. A crazy notion back then , others cant figure out why he does not ; 'Just tie the mad old woman to a post in the yard ." A heart warming and different story.
'Sword of Doom' is another great favorite , more typical slash and blood but with an important inner moral message. And a great insight into the central importance of the sword and its 'principles' in the ' Shogun culture' .
As well as some great sword footage, I love the scenery, and culture depicted ; the villages, gardens, houses, architecture, etc .
(Mushashi actually gave up the sword in latter life and fought with 'two wooden sticks' , remaining undefeated . )
..... " evil mind - evil sword "