The Complete Book of Five Rings is an authoritative version of Musashi's classic The Book of Five Rings, translated and annotated by a modern martial arts master, Kenji Tokitsu. Tokitsu has spent most of his life researching the legendary samurai swordsman and his works, and in this book he illuminates this seminal text, along with several other works by Musashi. These include "The Mirror of the Way of Strategy", which Musashi wrote when he was in his 20s; "Thirty-five Instructions on Strategy", and "Forty-two Instructions on Strategy", which were precursors to The Book of Five Rings; and "The Way to Be Followed Alone", which Musashi wrote just days before his death.
Heard together, these five texts give listeners an unusually detailed, nuanced view of Musashi's ideas on swordsmanship, strategy, and self-cultivation. Tokitsu puts all these writings into historical and philosophical context and makes them accessible and relevant to today's listeners and martial arts students. Tokitsu understands Musashi's writings - and Musashi as a martial artist - unusually well and is able to provide a rare insight into the man and his historical contribution.
brilliant narration and top notch scolarship, love it! hope the author and the narrator will make more audiobooks like this. Top notch. Update: just found more narrated by Brian Nishii, i was hoping I would find the Hagakure and found that and more. Fantastic. The last part about people who "criticize" someone like Musashi, show how common and vulgar they are, which is precisely one of the points of Dokkodo. As Schopenhauer wrote (and he had a weak spot for Buddhism and asceticism): "People who can take pride for having done something worthwhile with their lives, are always defamed and diminished: mainly by people who have nothing to be proud of."