Miyamoto Musashi



(Who would have imagined that Musashi would be this famous when young?)

 Musashi (武蔵) can be read ‘Takezo.’ ‘Takezo’ sounds like he is a little brat, which was really true – actually he was worse than that. In his neighborhood, Takezo was regarded as a cancer to the community. Rough and violent. No intelligence of any kind. Nobody liked him. What, in the world, transformed Takezo into Musashi, who became a worldly famous swordsman for the next centuries. It was Buddhist education that was given by his uncle and aunt, who raised him since he was 7 years old. Yoshikawa Eiji (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiji_Yoshikawa), the notable Japanese author, wrote a fiction about Musashi and he used Takuan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takuan_S%C5%8Dh%C5%8D), a Zen monk, as his mentor.



(Portrait of Takuan, the Zen Monk)

 Musashi wrote the book called “Gorin-no Sho (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Five_Rings),” which has been still studied by professional scholars or martial artists.


(There are scores of versions in several languages.)


(Teaching in Gorin-no Sho)

 Musashi’s duel with Sasaki Kojiro (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sasaki_Kojir%C5%8D) was such an epic that lots of movie directors created their versions of “Musashi and Kojiro.”


(Real Statute of Their Duel on April 13, 1612)

 From among Musashi movies, I believe Mifune Toshiro’s version is the best one. No other actors come close to Mifune (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toshiro_Mifune).


(He was a jerk but was ‘the one and only’ actor.)

 Musashi was adopted by a renowned swordsman, who also gave him Buddhist education. This combination worked successfully for Musashi. He constantly strove very hard so he would be a master swordsman and philosopher at the same time. It was his destiny, however, that made him who he was. I wonder how much Miyamoto Musashi’s net worth is currently?!

Thou Must Never Strive 

To Be Anything But Thyself.

– Og Mandino

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