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Persimmon Wind: A Martial Artist's Journey In Japan
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Binding: Hardcover
Dewey Decimal Number: 915
EAN: 9781890536107
ISBN: 1890536105
Label: Koryu Books
Manufacturer: Koryu Books
Number Of Pages: 274
Publication Date: 2005-09-10
Publisher: Koryu Books
Studio: Koryu Books

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Persimmon Wind--part memoir, part martial arts history, and part travelogue--relates Dave Lowry's experiences as he travels to Japan to reunite with his sensei, visit the graves of others of his martial lineage, and explore a country and culture that profoundly influenced his life.

Lowry's account reveals a Japan unlikely to be witnessed by the average Westerner. Drawing on his deep knowledge of the martial arts, Lowry acts as an interpreter of sorts, deftly describing for the reader the myriad ways in which Japan's subtle, yet rich customs and rituals inform and enrich the seemingly mundane practices of life. On his journey, he interweaves musings from his daily encounters--his introduction to an old ryokan-keeper; a contemplative visit to Kyoto's Daitokuji, "Temple of Great Virtue"; he even spots a ghost or two--with reflections on local history and the philosophies and origins of the Shinkage-ryu, one of Japan's oldest schools of classical swordsmanship.

At the same time, Lowry's experiences in Japan serve as an unexpected opportunity bringing him to terms with the extraordinary relationship that exists between teacher and student, with his own past, his place in the long line of swordsmen from whom he has come, and with the challenge he faces in integrating the cultural streams of East and West.


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Summary: A man of much tea
Comment: Between the past, recent and ancient, and the present, we are shown aspects of life in Japan, of the dojo, of the link between sensei and deshi, of the shimmering natural world in Japan, aspects which most of us shall never see. This is a thrilling, moving, funny, intelligent book. Dave Lowry has honed his writing like the swordsmith's katana. Just for the insights into the mysterious mikkyo, the hand gestures, the ingei, I am
deeply thankful. All this praise from someone who held a bokken only once at a Japanese pal's house!

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Summary: Persimmon Wind: A Martial Artist's Journey In Japan
Comment: I have been a fan of Dave Lowry's writing for some time, then I had decided to read this book. This is by far one of the best reads of my life. The suthor has a great ability to capture small nuances of the japanese experience and convey's beautifully to the reader. The details of the bathhouse experience, and well as the samll dojo where he and his sensei practiced iaido, was a great treasure to be read. The book served as additional travel guide on my visit to japan, especially when visiting kyoto and the butokuden. I would highly advise this to all, including budokas, and writers. I presently read this book atleast once a year.


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