Li Zongwu said, “to seek existence is a natural instinct.” What he is referring to is the idea of self-preservation – a kind of innate selfishness. Selfishness, to a degree is natural. For example, if you and another person fall into a rushing river at the same time, what’s your first reaction? What’s your instinct, […]
“Being endowed with teeth and mounting horns, having claws in front and spurs in back, coming together when happy, fighting when angry, this is the way of Heaven, it cannot be stopped. Thus those that lack Heavenly weapons provide them themselves.” —Sun Bin’s Military Methods Note: Living in Myanmar, I don’t have guns or access […]
A duel is a type of arranged combat between two males who have matched weapons, in accordance to agreed-upon rules. Duels were frequently based after a certain code of honor. They were fought not in order to slaughter the rival, but to actually gain plenty of ‘satisfaction’, which meant restoring one’s dignity and honor by […]
Miyamoto Musashi was a great figure in Japanese history. He was an effective military leader, for his great strategies. Musashi was also a great artist, being able to produce paintings, sculptures, and calligraphy which have become one of the finest among others in Japanese history. Musashi however, is best known for his great skill as […]
How a Samurai Becomes a Ronin The word “ronin” is a term popularly used in Japan for samurais who have no masters. This also pertains to vagrants or wanderers. It was mainly used during the Nara and Heian Era for runaway serfs who decided to abandon their master’s land to live on their own.