On the Martial Ways of Japan by Moritaka (Morihei) Ueshiba

When most people today hear the words “Japanese sword”, they immediately imagine a famous Masamune blade; or on hearing of Japanese Bushido, they conjure up thoughts of valorous tales about Miyamoto Musashi or the 47 ronin of Ako. I’ve never felt that these characters or images really represent the great spirit of Japanese Budo. The genuine spirit of the Japanese sword is found in the straight, double-edged tsurugi—the blade that defeats falsehood and fights for truth.


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