Tuesday, March 23, 2010

History Channel - Samurai (Miyamoto Musashi)

Mark Dacascos is a master of martial arts. He is also the Chairman on Iron Chef of America and appeared on Dancing with the Stars. He proudly proclaims he is one-quarter Japanese, and both his parents are martial arts instructors. Samurai culture has always interested him. “They were always calm and relaxed right before they drew their swords and fought,” he stated.
Samurai on History Channel is a two-hour film which documents Dacascos’ journey to Japan to retrace the footsteps of the most famous samurai of all, Miyamoto Musashi. Originally the samurai’s job was to serve the emperor, much the same way the legendary Knights of the Round Table were meant to serve King Arthur. The life of the Samurai changed when the country was in transition from one Shogun to another.
Musashi was born in 1584. Today he is the prime example in Japan of how to live and work. His philosophies that he wrote down in his final years of life in his book The Book of Five Rings, is what guides many Japanese businesses today. It is a guide to enlightenment. Samurai were also the inspiration for the Kamikaze pilots during World War II. “Being a samurai means being a killing machine,” and the WWII pilots took this to heart when they intentionally crashed their planes into boats in order to kill their enemy.

1 comment:

Aslı said...

Thank you for the video, much appreciated :)

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