Author(s): Hiroaki Sato
Over the decades the reputation of the Samurai has grown to mythical proportions, from the films of Kurasawa in the 1950s to recent critical successes such as Zatoichi and 13 Assassins. Legends of the Samurai represents the ultimate anthology of classic Samurai texts, masterfully translated by Hiroaki Sato and accompanied by his insightful commentary. It includes such favourites as Hagakure, the 47 Samurai (aka 47 Ronin) and The Book of Five Elements. Sato presents both the history and the legend of the Samurai, untangling the two to present an authentic picture of these legendary figures and chronicling the changing ethos of the Japanese warrior from the Samurai's historical origins to his rise and rise to political power.
'The value of this work lies in the way it illuminates a non- Western cultural tradition--a way of thinking and acting that may seem alien. It offers a rare look into the mindset of Japan's warrior aristocracy' Library Journal 'A welcome antidote to the one-dimensional image of the samurai...a revealing, entertaining, and often surprising portrait of pre-modern Japan's heroic warrior elite' Mangajin
Hiroaki Sato is a poet, translator, journalist and the former President of the Haiku Society of America. The winner of the PEN translation prize for From the Country of Eight Islands: An Anthology of Japanese Poetry, he also translated the ancient treatise on Japanese swordsmanship, The Sword and the Mind. He lives in New York.