The Way of the Samurai Author:Richard Storry For more than 700 years Japan was dominated by a military caste - the samurai. To the Western mind these fearsome warriors have always been a source of mystery, combining the idealism of chivalry with military fanaticism. In the words of the author, we envisage the samurai as 'the warrior on the print or folding screen, in a carapace of dark arm... more »or in a winged helmet and grimacing mask. We see him fighting to the last as the castle falls in flames or kneeling placidly on the immaculate tatami, the dirk poise to enter the left side of the belly...'
But for an accurate picture to be drawn, the samurai must be seen as they saw themselves. Richard Storry digs beneath the myth and presents the realities of samurai life, every bit as strange and complex as the myth but capable of sustaining a powerful and refined culture.« less