Autumn Lightning: Education of an American Samurai

Autumn Lightning: Education of an American Samurai


By (author) David Lowry

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  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 194 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 18mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 17 July 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 1570621152
  • ISBN 13: 9781570621154
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 3 LINE DRAWINGS, 3 HALFTONES
  • Sales rank: 339,987

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Dave Lowry juxtaposes his singular experience as an adept student of "kenjutsu" (the art of swordsmanship) under a Japanese teacher in St. Louis with a riveting account of the samurai tradition in Japan. Intertwining tales of the masters with reflections on his own apprenticeship in the samurai's arts, he reveals in their time-honored methods a way of life with profound relevance to modern times. The result is a fascinating, singular autobiography. Lowry captures the sense of wonder and mystery that makes martial arts compelling to so many practitioners. Even those who do not practice martial arts will delight in this unusual coming-of-age story.

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Dave Lowry is an accomplished martial artist, calligrapher, and writer. He is the restaurant critic for "St. Louis Magazine" and writes regularly for a number of magazines on a wide variety of subjects, many of them related to Japan and the Japanese martial arts. He is the author of numerous books including "Autumn Lightning: The Education of an American Samurai," "Sword & Brush: The Spirit of the Martial Arts," "Clouds in the West: Lessons from the Martial Arts of Japan," and "The Connoisseur's Guide to Sushi." " ""