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From the Age of Musashi to Contemporary Pop Culture

An Illustrated Guide to Samurai History and Culture
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Author Gavin Blair
Price JPY 3,630
ISBN 978-4-8053-1659-7
Format 200×263mm 240pages Hardcover
Availability In stock
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Description

The ultimate visual guide to Samurai history and culture!

The Samurai are continuously celebrated as the greatest warriors the world has ever seen. They ruled Japan for centuries, finally uniting the nation after a prolonged period of brutal war and bloodshed. Though famed for their loyalty, honor, and chivalry, they could also be treacherous, bloodthirsty, and merciless.

This book tells the story of their rise and eventual demise through carefully curated images, both historical and contemporary, with an engaging and authoritative text by Gavin Blair--a noted commentator on all things Japanese. It exposes the myths surrounding the Samurai and reveals their many secrets, while examining their enduring influence on global culture in anime, manga, books, and video games.

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