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Blems dreams are down on their luck and are therefore sympathetic and realistic characters Women characters in the stories are also shown with a great deal of respect and dimension which is refreshingThe are also shown with a great deal of respect and dimension which is refreshingThe story The Bamboo Sword has a samurai with a predicament that most Americans today can identify with he s broke Given a CHANCE TO ELEVATE HIS STATUS HE DISCOVERS THAT HE to levate his status he discovers that he kill a samurai whose situation is very much like his Readers are advised to do a bit of reading on the Tokugawa Shogunate to familiarize themselves with the customs of the period as these stories are historical fiction Some of things To Remember Is That Samurais Were Paid remember is that samurais were paid bushels of rice and the bushels the affluent they wereThe only complaint I have is that author Shuhei Fujisawa s literary Crazy Love executors are not allowing any western translations of his works this is the only one and he s written so much over 50 books It makes make angry that whoever holds the rights to translation Fujisawa died in 1997seems intent at withholding this rich literary treasure of novels and short story anthologies from the non Japanese readerI would like to recommend three films based on Fujisawa s stories These arexcellent films and can be viewed for free on YouTube The first is The Twilight Samurai the second is The Hidden Blade and the third is Love and Honor These films were all directed by Yoji Yamada and are a wonderful introduction to Japanese cinema. Odd relationships were formed and conflicts resolved in surprising ways These tales are colorful atmospheric xciting tender violent and gently ironicThe Bamboo Sword and Other Samurai Tales is published as part of the Japanese Literature Publishing Project JLPP which is run by the Japanese Literature Publishing and Promotion Center J Lit Center on behalf of the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Jap. ,

At their worst the stories have way too many characters And Lore Information Dump But At Their Best The Stories lore information dump but at their best the stories in ways you don t xpect and leave you with a feeling of satisfaction 25Read half might Go Back To Rest If I Have Time Eight Short back to rest if I have time Eight short from the samurai days At first I thought they were old classic tales but they are not Nevertheless they are really light positive and uplifting stories that give you a taste of the old days in Japan You ll likely get through them uickly as they are very asy and fun to read A perfect portrayal of old Edo and it s lifestyle nicely xecuted Some very accessible little Easterns The writing style strikes me as nearer mid 19th than mid 20th century with occasional digressions on history but in all liklihood translation has done the stories density no favours Worth the reading for sure As a tremendous fan of the three movies based on this book I m a little underwhelmed by the writingpretty sure it s the translation and as this is the only version available I guess we re stuck with it I have a feeling the language Shuhei uses would be characterized as spare realism in order to reveal the hardships of veryday life in late Edoit s not njoyable when the translation is poor as is also the case with Arthur Waley s 1920 s translation of The Tale of Genji and The Pillow Book of Sei Shonegon Will struggle through THE REVIEWThese were great short storiesI wondered how. The Black Heart, Red Ruby eight stories that comprise this collection were all written in the 1970s and 80s yet vividlyvoke arly 17th century Japan when peace finally reigned after centuries of warfare It was a period of upheaval and change as the rulers carved out their territories and clan politics were full of intrigue rivalry and betrayals The samurai were still valued for their swordsmanship and were a cut abov.

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Anyone could really njoy them without the accompanying visuals of 18th Century Japan the hair dos dress architecture New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood etc Knowingnriched them for meI felt that the two Japanese films I had seen based on these stories were far superior to the
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themselves The stories often an Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey emotional depth which made the films so moving and beautiful There were humour and irony in some stories A r Eight stories well told Of honour family social standing love friendships andnmity Loved God's Pocket each one Hard to pick a favourite The moods are hot and cool Thevents at sword slashing and passionate Selfish decadence and self rebuilding stamina All of this and We travel in these stories Old Japan in the time of Samurai and wages in bushels of rice This was my first time reading a collection of short stories kind of book and I ve had so much fun I love reading about Japan and reading about 1600s Japan was ven awesome It says this book was put together by Japanese Literature Publishing Project and I m happy to hear that there is a project like that I d love to read Japanese literature and I m hoping my school s library has books from JLPP If you think samurai stories are about fighting and slashing this books from JLPP If you think samurai stories are about fighting and slashing this will change your mind This is a collection of ight short stories based on the times of old Japan when the samurai were still in operation Although there is some sword fighting it is basically about people who have pro. E the peasants artisans and merchants in the social hierarchy Without battles to fight however they struggled to retain their sense of pride and meaning in life as they devoted themselves to mundane jobs marriage and family The occasional flash of the sword and samurai discipline were tempered by the unexpected intrusion of human interaction Sympathies conspiracies kindnesses nmities all kinds of. 竹光始末 The Bamboo Sword And Other Samurai Tales