Fwd: [Japanophiles] SUN TZU and the Art of Medieval Japanese Warfare
- FYI, I've got no financial interest in Rolomail or Mangain. Although
as much money as I've spent with them, they *ought* to give me
stock.... -- Mugyo
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From: Trading Department <trade@...>
Date: Jun 13, 2007 5:58 PM
Subject: [Japanophiles] SUN TZU and the Art of Medieval Japanese Warfare
In 1983, my sister was reading James Clavell's "Asian Saga"; the 6
novel series including Shogun (Japan 1600), Tai-Pan (Hong Kong 1841),
Gai-Jin (Japan 1862), King-Rat (Japanese POW camp 1945), Noble House
(Hong Kong 1963), and Whirlwind (Iran 1979). That was also the year
Clavell reworked Lionel Giles' translation of Sun Tzu, Art of War.
She passed that one on to me. Clavell peppered his "Art of War" with
hundreds of examples in Chinese and Japanese history where Sun Tzu's
principles were applied or not applied to martial success and failure.
I own Ralph Sawyer's translation of Sun Tzu now, but it doesn't have
much to say about Sun Tzu's impact on Japan. That's why I was so
delighted to see a truly Japan centric work on the matter, which was
just published last year, which was written by Cambridge educated
Japan scholar Roald Knutsen. So I've purchases a few superb hardcover
copies for those with a similar love for Sun Tzu and Japan's ancient
"For the first time, this study examines in depth how the medieval
Japanese masters of Heiho - the Art of War - sought to interpret,
illustrate and transmit the principles of China's time-honoured
military strategist Sun Tzu during possibly the most turbulent period
of Japanese history, the war-torn Muromachi period (c. 1350 - 1575).
In these two centuries a number of gifted warriors, steeped in the
teachings of Sun Tzu and the Chinese military classics, developed
their own concepts of the arts of warfare, expressed in personal
combat, to heights of formidable effectiveness."
SUN TZU and the Art of Medieval Japanese Warfare
BTW, John found some misplaced Mangajin Issue 52, so its back as a rare issue.
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