Japanese Fighting Heroes

Jamie Ryder

Japanese Fighting Heroes
Pen & Sword Books Ltd
United Kingdom
1 March 2024

Japanese Fighting Heroes

Jamie Ryder

Japanese mythology is filled with stories of larger-than-life characters that shaped the landscape of Japan. They are the folk heroes who slayed monsters, fought in epic battles and reflected the most complicated emotions of the people who created them. Through a mix of essays, short stories and anecdotes, Japanese Fighting Heroes follows the lives of samurai, warriors, outliers and iconoclasts who forged their own paths. Legendary fighters like the demon-killing Minamoto no Yorimitsu, philosophising samurai Miyamoto Musashi, and the One-Eyed Dragon Date Masamune. Creative heroes like the father of Japanese short stories Ryunosuke Akutagawa, the immortal poet Ono no Komachi, the hilarious Sei Shonagon and her insight into human nature. Trailblazers who broke down barriers like the feminist Hiratsuka Raicho, the statesman Fukuzawa Yukichi, the photographic genius Hiroshi Hamaya. These Japanese folk heroes led fascinating lives that provide insight into our own through the principles and practices they lived by. They struggled with universal ideals of honour, duty, courage and kindness, helping them transcend their culture. Whether you're looking to learn about Japanese history, fall down a philosophy rabbit hole or pick up new mental health habits, these heroes can teach us timeless lessons. Japanese Fighting Heroes captures the essence of what it means to be human in any culture. AUTHOR: Jamie Ryder is the founder of Yamato Magazine, a publication that celebrates Japanese culture on a worldwide scale. As part of his interest in Japanese culture, Ryder is a qualified sake educator, championing the Japanese drink scene in the UK. He's also a horror and fantasy fiction author who published his first short story collection Transmutations in 2022. In addition to his fiction work, Ryder is a copywriter who helps mental health, food and drink and self-development organisations share their stories through multiple content formats. Outside of writing, Ryder has an interest in exploring the connections between philosophy and mental health. 30 b/w illustrations

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