David Lowry

David Lowry found his teacher, his sensei, right in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri. Lowry makes the story of his lessons in Japanese culture, bushido, and the mental training of a warrior come alive for his readers.

Richard Cohen

By the Sword is an epic history of sword fighting—a science, an art, and, for many, a religion that began at the dawn of civilization in ancient Egypt and has been an obsession for mankind ever since. With wit and insight, Richard Cohen gives us an engrossing history of the world via the sword.

Dale Furutani

Matsuyama Kaze is a "ronin," a Japanese knight errant. Kaze must travel across Japan until he fulfills a promise made to his dying Lord and Lady -- to find their nine-year-old daughter. As this masterless samurai searches the countryside, he is caught up in a series of mysteries that test his strength and skills as well as his Confucian training.

Katherine Paterson

The vain young daughter of a samurai finds her comfortable life ripped apart when opposing warrior clans begin a struggle for imperial control of Japan.

Rafe Martin and Manuela Soare

In one of these tales of Zen wisdom, a would-be swordsman must first learn patience before he learns how to defeat his enemy.

Cromwell Productions

Explores the history and architecture of the ancient world and featuring graphics, computer animation, and location footage. Visits the great monuments, pagodas, and temples of Buddhist Japan and considers the Samurai warriors and their code of Bushido which stresses honor, self-discipline, bravery, and simple living, as it examines the traditional society of Japan and its emphasis on balance, order, and calm.

Stephen Turnbull

The samurai were the best of the military, and the daimyo were the best of the samurai. This authoritative account gives an in-depth military history of the daimyo's times as well as a discussion of the warriors' code of honor. Includes many illustrations.

Giles Milton

An eye-opening account of the first encounter between England and Japan, by the acclaimed author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg. Samurai William is the fascinating story of a clash of two cultures, and of the enormous impact one Westerner had on the opening of the East.

Mitsuo Kure

This history of the samurai and their role in shaping Japanese history includes many photos of arms and armor as well as a discussion of tactics.

Clive Sinclaire
Shows the most important samurai weapons--various types of long and short swords, and the particular component parts of them--and the forms of head and body armor designed specifically for samurai versus samurai combat.
Akira Kurosawa
A 16th-century Japanese farming community has been victimized by bandits, year after year. Desperate to find some means of ending the terror, the villagers hire seven unemployed samurai to help defend them. Film formed the basis of The Magnificent Seven and Battle Beyond the Stars.
Laura Joh Rowland
When beautiful, wealthy Yukiko and low-born artist Noriyoshi are found drowned together in a shinju, or ritual double suicide, everyone believes the culprit was forbidden love. Everyone but newly appointed yoriki Sano Ichiro, who follows the samurai code.

Despite the official verdict and warnings from his superiors, the shogun's Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People suspects the deaths weren't just a tragedy -- they were murder. Risking his family's good name and his own life, Sano will search for a killer across every level of society -- determined to find answers to a mystery no one wants solved. No one but Sano...

James Clavell

A bold English adventurer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in a mighty saga of a time and place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, desire and the struggle for power.

Richard Francis Burton

Eloquent, erudite history of the sword--from prehistory to early Roman Empire. Evolution and development of early swords, variations (sabre, broadsword, cutlass, scimitar, etc.), and much more.

Ruth Benedict

A recognized classic of cultural anthropology, this book explores the political, religious, and economic life of Japan from the seventh century through the mid-twentieth, as well as personal family life.

Mark Ravina

The dramatic arc of Saigo Takamori's life, from his humble origins as a lowly samurai, to national leadership, to his death as a rebel leader, has captivated generations of Japanese readers and now Americans as well - his life is the inspiration for a major Hollywood film.

Shusaku Endo

This blending of fact and fiction from a gifted author tells the story of some of the first Japanese to set foot on European soil in the 1600s. Rokuemon Hasekura, a low-ranking warrior, is chosen as one of Japan's envoys to the Viceroy of Mexico and Pope Paul V.