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Sword and Brush

Author: Dave Lowry
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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.


The Brush and the Sword kasa

Author: CHŎNG KŬG-IN
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Japanese Swords

Author: Colin M. Roach
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With over 300 stunning photographs and woodblock prints along with extensive historical and cultural commentary, Japanese Swords is the ultimate authority on Samurai weaponry. Historically, Japanese warriors considered their swords to be far greater than simple weaponry. Their swords were both lethal tools and divine companions — social and religious icons. Traditionally worn by the samurai as a sign of social status, the Japanese sword represented the junction between the reigning military class and those whom they ruled. Moreover, the samurai sword was a technological and artistic marvel. Many scholars consider it to be the finest sword ever constructed. In terms of symbolism and historical importance, no other blade comes close to the Japanese sword. With a historical, iconographical, and technological perspective, author Cohn M. Roach provides an in-depth study of these magnificent weapons in Japanese Swords. This richly illustrated sword book weaves the blade's primary influences together, tracking its history and illuminating its progress from infancy to grandeur. By studying the evolution of the Japanese sword from this perspective, we better understand Japan and its warrior archetype. Combining research materials from multiple disciplines, Roach uses his expertise as an educator to guide readers through the sword's rise to greatness in a unique way. This book discusses the history, development, and spiritual symbolism of the sword, as well as the esoteric metallurgical techniques used in making it. It also covers the difficult training practices used by skilled swordsmen. Japanese Swords also includes a companion DVD featuring a beautifully-filmed documentary that explores the traditional swordmaker's craft. The DVD also contains an introduction to the Japanese sword at a sword shop in Kyoto and a visit to a dojo for a beginner's class in the medieval sword-drawing art called iaido.


The Brush and the Sword

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Poetry. Asian Studies. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Korean & Introduced with Commentaries & Notes by Sung-Il Lee. "Sung-Il Lee lays before us samples of the great classical form of Korean poetry called Kasa, so sadly unknown to western readers along with any coherent knowledge of the country's past and its culture. One will be so much better off for having read this book"--Gregory Rabassa.


How to Paint Like a Master In Under a Year

Author: Bob Henry
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How to Paint Like a Master ...In Under a Year -Unlock the secrets of the Old Masters to paint as they did -Learn the secrets to confidence in your painting skills -Start getting all the skills needed to become a Master: from color mixing to composing paintings, to selling your masterpiece -Master the difficult art of oil painting -Start using the techniques to fast-track your way to mastering the skill of painting -Color mixing guide to painting beautiful portrayals of items such as copper, gold, fur, skin tones. Contents Introduction Part I. Master of Painting, Why, How, What, Where…. Chapter 1. Fake it Till you Make It – Why Paint? Chapter 2. How to Use This Book to Become a Master Chapter 3. Choose Your Own Art History –What to Paint, Where to Find it Part II. Let’s Start Painting Chapter 4. Three Stages to Artistic Mastery Chapter 5. Master These Materials –Things to Get the Job Done –Painting on a Budget Chapter 6. Color Mixing for Master Painter Hopefuls –Let’s Get to Know Colors –We’ll Learn Color Wheels –Hues, Values, and Shading –Basics of Color Theory Chapter 7. Masterful Techniques –Step by Step Process –Tricks and Tips Part III. The Details of Getting Paint on Canvas Chapter 8. The Secret to Confident Painting– 3 Steps –How to Paint Like a Pro Chapter 9. Paint This Masterpiece Chapter 10. Paint in the Style of This Master Chapter 11. Paint YOUR Masterpiece – Some Suggestions – Share or Sell Your Work Part IV. How to Paint (Just About) Anything Chapter 12. Textures Chapter 13. Color Mixing Guide – Mix These Colors to Paint (this)… Appendix A. Copyright Information Appendix B. Credits


Swidden Agriculture in Indonesia

Author: Michael R. Dove
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Powers of the Mind

Author: Donald N. Levine
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It is one thing to lament the financial pressures put on universities, quite another to face up to the poverty of resources for thinking about what universities should do when they purport to offer a liberal education. In Powers of the Mind, former University of Chicago dean Donald N. Levine enriches those resources by proposing fresh ways to think about liberal learning with ideas more suited to our times. He does so by defining basic values of modernity and then considering curricular principles pertinent to them. The principles he favors are powers of the mind—disciplines understood as fields of study defined not by subject matter but by their embodiment of distinct intellectual capacities. To illustrate, Levine draws on his own lifetime of teaching and educational leadership, while providing a marvelous summary of exemplary educational thinkers at the University of Chicago who continue to inspire. Out of this vital tradition, Powers of the Mind constructs a paradigm for liberal arts today, inclusive of all perspectives and applicable to all settings in the modern world.


The Age of Battles

Author: Russell F. Weigley
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"One of the most interesting, important, and ambitious books about the conduct, and perhaps the ultimate futility, of war." —Gunther E. Rothenberg "[A] highly scholarly and wonderfully absorbing study." —John Bayley, The London Review of Books "What Russell F. Weigley writes, the rest of us read. The Age of Battles is a persuasive reminder that even in the age of 'rational' warfare, one can honestly wonder why war seemed an unavoidable policy choice." —Allan R. Millett, The Journal of American History


How to Pinstripe

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Sho Do

Author: William Reed
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