- 274 pages
- Persimmon Wind: A Martial Artist's Journey In Japan
- Dave Lowry
- 03 July 2019 Dave Lowry
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 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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