This week, we take on the legend of Miyamoto Musashi. How is it that a person we know very little about came to be a legend? Could it be, perhaps, that the very fact that we know so little about him for sure is part of the allure of his legend?
Tokitsu, Kenji. Miyamoto Musashi: His Life and Writings.
Kane, Lawrence. Musashi’s Dokkodo.
Jansen, Marius. The Making of Modern Japan
Musashi wielding two weapons, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.
A self-portrait attributed to Musashi.
A monument to the Musashi-Sasaki Kojiro duel on Ganryujima.
The entrance to Reigando, the cave Musashi retired to at the end of his life.
Musashi’s grave in Kumamoto.
Musashi fighting the whale, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.
Mifune Toshiro as Miyamoto Musashi in the samurai trilogy. Note the two swords.
Ichioji, Kyoto. This temple, supposedly where the final battle between Musashi and the Yoshioka school took place, now has a monument to the fight.