“There’s a real interest in Japan that I think is motivated by the notion that Japan, the martial arts, and Japanese culture more generally are potentially sources of spiritual fulfilment. And what this book does in a way I find really quite compelling, is to think carefully about how Japanese culture and the martial arts came to be associated throughout much of the world with a kind of spiritualism – in this case with Zen. So basically, what Yamada is doing is trying to understand the origins of this whole genre of writing about Japan, that he sums up as ‘Zen and the Art of…’ and then fill in the blank.” Read more...
The best books on Japanese History
Adam P. Bronson,