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Japanese & European Swords: A Comparison of Values. Frank Hedin – Game of Go – 12/3/03. Introduction & Overview. Who was a Samurai? What the Medieval European knight carried What the Japanese Samurai Carried The design of the swords. Samurai Spirituality. Three vital characteristics

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Japanese & European Swords:A Comparison of Values

Frank Hedin – Game of Go – 12/3/03


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Introduction & Overview

  • Who was a Samurai?

  • What the Medieval European knight carried

  • What the Japanese Samurai Carried

  • The design of the swords


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Samurai Spirituality

  • Three vital characteristics

  • Kamakura Era

  • Zen Buddhism

    • Detachment

    • Self Discipline

    • Responsiveness

  • Bushido Code – “Way of the Warrior”

    • Seppuku

    • fearlessness


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Values

  • Obedience to a cause VS. individuality

  • Ritualistic

    • Battles

      • Conquest

      • Honor

  • Pride In One’s Craftsmanship

    • Construction of swords

    • Ignorance by the West


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Sources Cited

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<http://www.uwgb.edu/dutchs/WestTech/japanval.htm>

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<http://anime.jyu.fi/~saren/Docs/Sword.html>

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<http://www.kristenkyle.com/rbb_tlw2.html>

Kyle, Kristen. "The Last Warrior: Swords and Swordfighting." 2003. 15 Nov. 2003. <http://www.kristenkyle.com/rbb_tlw3.html>

"What is Bushido?" 2001. Shotokai Karate Budo. 18 Nov. 2003.

<http://www.shotokai.cl/filosofia/06_ee_.html>

Yumoto, John M. The Samurai Sword: A Handbook. New York: Charles E. Tuttle, 1958.


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