Multcolib Picks: Samurai! The Legends

Samurai The Story of Japan's Great Warriors By Turnbull, Stephen R. (Book - 2004 ) 355.0952 T943ss 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:An overview work with beautiful color photos, traditional woodblock prints, and innovative see-through layered pages that show the strata of a samurai's armor.

Legends of the Samurai
Legends of the Samurai By Sato, Hiroaki (Book - 2012 ) 952 S2535L 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Through his masterful translations of original samurai tales, laws, dicta, reports and arguments accompanied by insightful commentary, Sato chronicles the changing ethos of the Japanese warrior from the samurai's historical origins to his rise to political power.

Nagashino 1575
Nagashino 1575 By Turnbull, Stephen R. (Book - 2000 ) 355.0952 T943n 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:Part of the Osprey military series, this book features a key samurai battle, with many maps and illustrations.

Hagakure The Book of the Samurai By Yamamoto, Tsunetomo (Book - 2012 ) 170.440952 Y196h 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Hagakure, considered a classic exposition of samurai thought, gives the modern reader insight into the attitudes and etiquette of the samurai during the 18th century.

Seppuku A History of Samurai Suicide By Rankin, Andrew (Book - 2011 ) 394.880952 R2111s 2011 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Seppuku, also known as harakiri, remains one of the most well-known samurai customs, and this book shows us its history in careful detail.

The Lone Samurai
The Lone Samurai The Life of Miyamoto Musashi By Wilson, William Scott (Book - 2013 ) B-Mi699w 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Biography of Japan’s premier swordsman, written by the foremost translator of samurai texts.

Shogun The Life of Tokugawa Ieyasu By Sadler, A. L. (Book - 2009 ) 952.025092 S126s 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:The classic biography of Japan’s most famous Shogun.

Shōgun The Epic Novel of Japan By Clavell, James (Book - 2009 ) FICTION CLAVELL 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:The classic novel that introduced many in the Western world to samurai history.

Taiko An Epic Novel of War and Glory in Feudal Japan By Yoshikawa, Eiji (Book - 2000 ) FICTION YOSHIKAWA All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A novel of the Warring States period, by one of Japan’s most famous novelists.

Lone Wolf & Cub Omnibus
Lone Wolf & Cub Omnibus 1 By Koike, Kazuo (Book - 2013 ) GN KOIKE 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 8 copies

Annotation:Classic manga (graphic novel) about Ogami Itto, a samurai framed and forced into exile with his infant son, as he pursues his quest for revenge against those who murdered his wife. This omnibus volume contains the first three books of the series.

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Experience the life and times of the samurai with these stories, tales, and histories. Read about the turbulent Warring States period and the subsequent unification of Japan under the Tokugawa shogunate. Learn about the life of legendary swordsman Musashi, then delve into classic samurai fiction. This list supplements the Samurai! exhibition at the Portland Art Museum, October 5, 2013-January 12, 2014.

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