Sword and Brush: The Spirit of the Martial Arts

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Shambhala, 1995 - Sports & Recreation - 119 pages
This moment of perfect clarity that is the force behind all the traditional Japanese arts--from archery to flower arranging--is celebrated here in Dave Lowry's exploration of the common principles shared by calligraphy and the martial arts.

Forty-two examples of Lowry's calligraphy, accompanied by his essays, show how the way of the brush reflects the strategic principles of the way of the sword. Each calligraphy represents a term from the martial arts--such as do, the way, or wa, harmony. The accompanying text amplifies our understanding of the term, what it meant to Japanese warriors, and what it means to practitioners of calligraphy and the martial arts today. What becomes clear is that these two seemingly unrelated disciplines actually partake of the same profound elemental spirit.

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(from cover) 'The way of the sword, the way of the brush: one encounter of harmony between brush and paper, the other a meeting of conflict between swords. The results of each are inevitable and ... Read full review

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Sword and Brush reveals the way of the Bugeisha (Japanese martial artists, in particular the Samurai class of warriors) through analysis of forty-two individual kana (characters/syllables). Each kana ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Dave Lowry is an accomplished martial artist, calligrapher, and writer. He is the restaurant critic for St. Louis Magazine and writes regularly for a number of magazines on a wide variety of subjects, many of them related to Japan and the Japanese martial arts. He is the author of numerous books including Autumn Lightning: The Education of an American Samurai, Sword & Brush: The Spirit of the Martial Arts, Clouds in the West: Lessons from the Martial Arts of Japan, and The Connoisseur's Guide to Sushi.

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