Persimmon Wind: A Martial Artist's Journey in Japan

Persimmon Wind A Martial Artist s Journey in Japan Persimmon Wind part memoir part martial arts history and part travelogue relates Lowry s experiences as he travels to Japan to reunite with his sensei visit the graves of others of his martial line

  • Title: Persimmon Wind: A Martial Artist's Journey in Japan
  • Author: Dave Lowry
  • ISBN: 9781890536107
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Persimmon Wind part memoir, part martial arts history, and part travelogue relates Lowry s experiences as he travels to Japan to reunite with his sensei, visit the graves of others of his martial lineage, and explore a country and culture that profoundly influenced his life Lowry s account reveals a Japan unlikely to be witnessed by the average Westerner Drawing on hisPersimmon Wind part memoir, part martial arts history, and part travelogue relates Lowry s experiences as he travels to Japan to reunite with his sensei, visit the graves of others of his martial lineage, and explore a country and culture that profoundly influenced his life Lowry s account reveals a Japan unlikely to be witnessed by the average Westerner Drawing on his deep knowledge of the martial arts, Lowry acts as an interpreter of sorts, deftly describing for the reader the myriad ways in which Japan s subtle, yet rich customs and rituals inform and enrich the seemingly mundane practices of life On his journey, he interweaves musings from his daily encounters his introduction to an old ryokan keeper a contemplative visit to Kyoto s Daitokuji, Temple of Great Virtue he even spots a ghost or two with reflections on local history and the philosophies and origins of the Shinkage ryu, one of Japan s oldest schools of classical swordsmanship.At the same time, Lowry s experiences in Japan serve as an unexpected opportunity bringing him to terms with the extraordinary relationship that exists between teacher and student, with his own past, his place in the long line of swordsmen from whom he has come, and with the challenge he faces in integrating the cultural streams of East and West One of America s foremost writers on the Japanese martial arts, Dave Lowry has authored than one hundred articles on the topic for the most popular English language magazines, including Black Belt, Fighting Arts International, Furyu The Budo Journal, Karate Illustrated, and Inside Karate He has also contributed articles on traditional Japanese culture to Winds, the in flight magazine of Japan Air Lines Lowry is the author of nine books on budo, including Persimmon Wind s prequel, Autumn Lightning The Education of an American Samurai He is the food critic for St Louis Magazine and has recently completed work on The Connoisseur s Guide to Sushi Lowry lives, with his wife and son, in front of a bamboo grove near St Louis, Missouri.

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    1. This book is about the tone. I listened while I was visiting Japan and it seemed to me to capture the "tone" of Japan and the Japanese, at least a particular sub-population of Japanese. The story covers many mundane details of life, yet it is told and narrated in an almost hypnotic way. It leaves you wanting more.

    2. White clouds scurry across the blue.Sharp cracks and whistling black winds.Rain.The Dojo.jt02.04.12________“If there is one person or class of persons who understood Rikyu’s (a 16th century master of tea) concept of sabi(forlorn loneliness), in fact, it was the bushi (one who practices the martial arts). The thread that connected him to his earthly existence, easily severed, was for that very reason, precious. He savored the moment fully. The here and now was what occupied him totally in the [...]

    3. The book was a very enjoyable read as it details the experiences of someone who has become totally immersed in the martial art, to the extent that they would travel to Japan. This experience alone sets it apart from most other journeys of discovery because it involves an immersion in a culture totally foreign.I liked the narrative the author provided but found that towards the middle of the book it became too much about the history of the Japanese culture and history. This provided a distraction [...]

    4. As always with Lowry, it was a pleasure to read what he had to say. Having enjoyed what could be called the prequel (Autumn Lightning), this was a very welcomed read. Not only the author has a notably versed way of writing and portraying what he wants to say, but it's also great the way he can relate several concepts, history, and personal experiences in a coherent, insightful manner.Anybody interested in the deeper side of Budo, both it's history and philosophy, should find this an enjoyable an [...]

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