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Japanese & European Swords: A Comparison of Values

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  1. Japanese & European Swords:A Comparison of Values Frank Hedin – Game of Go – 12/3/03

  2. Introduction & Overview • Who was a Samurai? • What the Medieval European knight carried • What the Japanese Samurai Carried • The design of the swords

  3. Samurai Spirituality • Three vital characteristics • Kamakura Era • Zen Buddhism • Detachment • Self Discipline • Responsiveness • Bushido Code – “Way of the Warrior” • Seppuku • fearlessness

  4. Values • Obedience to a cause VS. individuality • Ritualistic • Battles • Conquest • Honor • Pride In One’s Craftsmanship • Construction of swords • Ignorance by the West

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