The famed samurai sword (nihonto)
represents the pinnacle of bladed weaponry in the Japanese warrior’s
arsenal. This book addresses the sword’s intrinsic historic, monetary,
military, and artistic values.The seven chapters for this particular
anthology were selected from materials published in the Journal of Asian Martial Arts.
anthology is filled with content specifically selected for readers who
have a strong interest in women’s participation in the Asian martial
traditions. In addition to combative theory and practice, topics include
aspects of theatrical performance, music, dance, gender studies, and
insights for embodying philosophical elements into daily life. The
twelve chapters that were written by noted authorities will certainly
educate and inspire. These focus on the martial traditions of Japan,
China, India, Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines.