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Useful References

Postby [ak][aramis] » Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:33 am

I've found several useful things when running B&H... like a decent kanji dictionary (allowing naming to be fun and punny!), and a reference to sword and fan etiquette...

but I found one I have to share:

http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/index.html

lots of good stuff about armor, names, and weapons. Focuses 1000AD-1600AD, as most of it is aimed at SCAers... but author was part of the team for the Sengoku RPG.
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Re: Useful References

Postby wunderworks » Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:02 am

SWEET! Thank you very much for this reference! :)
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Re: Useful References

Postby [ak][aramis] » Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:50 am

Another interesting one - a blog post quoting the 8 virtues as listed by Nitobe Inazo. Includes Kanji

http://artofmanliness.com/2008/09/14/th ... e-samurai/

Nitobe Inazo's list in short form (in case of later blog deletions)...
gi 議 rectitude/justice
yû 勇 courage
jin 仁 benevolence/compassion/mercy
rei 礼 respect/politeness
makoto 誠 honesty/sincerity
meiyo 名誉 honor
chûgi 忠義 loyalty/duty
kokki 克己 character & self-control †

† (I'm not certain the second kanji is correct, but it's the closest to the image.)

and the link to Nitobesan's book itself:
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/12096

And a short poem of advice to samurai
bun bu ryô dô 文武両道 The Pen and Sword in Accord. — or — Pen and Sword, both ways.

And what list is complete without Musashi-sensei's Book of 5 Rings?
http://www.kampaibudokai.org/Gorinnosho.htm

And Musashi-sensei's dokkodou
Musashi compiled a list of precepts, that is known as the Dokkodou (the path of self-reliance). The following translation appeared in a Japanese Sword Society/US newsletter. The translation was made in 1965 by Professor Giichiro Ikeda.

The Way I Go By Myself

  1. I never act contrary to traditional morality.
  2. I have no partiality for anyone or anything.
  3. I never try to snatch a moment of ease.
  4. I think little of myself but much of the public.
  5. I am entirely free of acquisitiveness throughout my life.
  6. I never regret what I have done.
  7. I never envy others for their good luck, or on account of my ill luck.
  8. I never grieve at parting from anyone or anything at whatever time.
  9. I never reproach either myself or others; never complain about myself or others.
  10. I never dream of falling in love with a woman.
  11. Likes and dislikes, I have none.
  12. Whatever my dwelling house may be, I take no objection to it.
  13. I never desire dainty food for myself.
  14. I never have antique objects or curios in my posession.
  15. I never perform purification or observe abstinence to protect myself against evils.
  16. I have no taste for implements of any kind, excepting swords and other arms.
  17. I would never grudge my life in the cause of righteousness.
  18. I never wish to have any estate that would make my old age comfortable.
  19. I worship Gods and Buddhas, but never think of depending on them.
  20. I would sooner lay down my life than disgrace my good name.
  21. Never for a moment does my heart and soul stray from the way of swordsmanship.
The 12th day of the 5th month, the 2nd year of Shoho (May 12, 1645) Shinmen Musashi
(from http://www.kampaibudokai.org/Niten.htm)

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Re: Useful References

Postby wunderworks » Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:28 pm

Very nice! :)
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Re: Useful References

Postby [ak][aramis] » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:19 pm

Wikipedia has some odd pages hidden away...

List of Kuge Families
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Re: Useful References

Postby loto iluminado » Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:05 am

perhaps most know this website but I would like to add it here in case you do not know about this:
is a great web page (visit the forum too) whit a lot of references of daily life in the period of old japan.

http://www.samurai-archives.com/
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Re: Useful References

Postby wunderworks » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:54 am

ARGH! I just spent 30 minutes scratching the surface of this. I'll have to go back and lose an entire evening (or longer!) reading.
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