"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






The Real Musashi: A Miscellany

By William de Lange


This book presents translations of nearly two dozen texts describing important events in Musashi’s life, dating from the mid-seventeenth to the late-nineteenth century. They include the Tomari jinja munefuda, traceable to the swordsman’s adopted son Iori, and the Numata kaki, written by the keeper of the castle where Musashi stayed at the time of his famous duel on Ganryū Island.

Now the insight these works offer into this enigmatic and solitary swordsman is available to the English reader. It throws a new and refreshing light on many aspects of Musashi's life—his duels with the members of the Yoshioka clan, the events leading up to his duel with Sasaki Kojirō, his heroic role in the siege of Osaka castle, his contribution to the reconstruction of Akashi castle, and his remarkable artistic talents.


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