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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

Japanese & European Swords:A Comparison of Values

Frank Hedin – Game of Go – 12/3/03

introduction overview
Introduction & Overview
  • Who was a Samurai?
  • What the Medieval European knight carried
  • What the Japanese Samurai Carried
  • The design of the swords
samurai spirituality
Samurai Spirituality
  • Three vital characteristics
  • Kamakura Era
  • Zen Buddhism
    • Detachment
    • Self Discipline
    • Responsiveness
  • Bushido Code – “Way of the Warrior”
    • Seppuku
    • fearlessness
values
Values
  • Obedience to a cause VS. individuality
  • Ritualistic
    • Battles
      • Conquest
      • Honor
  • Pride In One’s Craftsmanship
    • Construction of swords
    • Ignorance by the West
sources cited
Sources Cited

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

Irvine, Gregory. The Japanese Sword: The Soul of the Samurai. Weatherhill, 2000.

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

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http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2127.html

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Kyle, Kristen. "The Last Warrior: Samurai Culture." 2003. 17 Nov. 2003

<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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