"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
that you didn't do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.”
— Mark Twain
By William de Lange
The Yagyū clan stands out among Japan's countless medieval warrior clans as a clan especially renowned for its mastery of the art of swordsmanship. This first, fully illustrated Yagyū history in the English language recounts how, through a string of misfortunes beyond their control, the Yagyū clan first lost its independence, then its castle and domains, until finally its members .were thrown upon the mercy of a local temple. Yet it was in the very depth of those bleak and desperate years, that its leader, Yagyū Muneyoshi, discovered his true strength and began his clan's remarkable recovery—a recovery crowned with the ascendancy of his son, Munenori, to the exalted rank of daimyō.
It is perhaps no coincidence that the two Chinese characters that make up the name of Yagyū stand for the willow tree and life, or the giving of birth, for both seem to sum up perfectly the particular characteristics that helped propel this ancient clan to such exalted heights. Like the pliable willow tree, it was their resilience in the face of irresistible forces that enabled the Yagyū to outweather the raging storms of fortune and remain standing, alive and well, their spirit intact. In doing so, the Yagyū gave birth to an art of fencing that has survived for more than five centuries. Among the countless schools of swordsmanship brought forth by Japan's feudal era, the Yagyū Shinkage-ryū still stands out for its sheer continuity.
200 pp, 7 x 10, Soft
190 color illustrations, maps, glossary, index
Japanese military history
Hardcover ISBN: 978-949-2722-362
Paperback ISBN: 978-949-2722-372
eBook ASIN: B09XN2ZN2V
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