Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bookreview of SAMURAI IN 100 OBJECTS By: Stephen Turnbull



By: Stephen Turnbull

Review By: Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness) October 19,2017 7:59pm

  • Publication date: July 10, 2017
  • Publisher: Frontline Books
  • Book Length: 248 pages 
  • ASIN: B06WVJ8VL5
  • ISBN-10:147385038X
  • ISBN- 13: 978-1473850385

Book Description:
From lowly attendants (samurai literally means ‘those who serve’) to members one of the world’s most powerful military organizations, the samurai underwent a progression of changes to reach a preeminent position in Japanese society and culture. Even their eventual eclipse did not diminish their image as elite warriors, and they would live on in stories and films. 

This proud and enduring tradition is exemplified and explored by the carefully selected objects gathered here from Japanese locations and from museums around the world. These objects tell the story of the samurai from acting as the frontier guards for the early emperors to being the inspiration for the kamikaze pilots. 

Book Review:


Author: Stephen Turnbull

 There are so many different cultures with incredible and fascinating history dating back to centuries of long ago, but of course the history of the samurai are known to be expert in militant sword fighting as an American sniper is the best in our military. Each page tells the story along with a picture or a contemporary illustration showing us the beauty and the evil of the time period. 

 You will learn about the early emperors and
"Chrysanthemum On The Water" CH.14
Samurai In
 100 Objects
By Stephen Turnbull
 their castles that they desperately tried to protect and the castles some tried to take away. You will see magnificent ivory and bronze statues of warriors. Experience the culture of the Japanese and their society. Read the dying tales of a fallen warrior and how they left their very last words, so society could remember them at their very last dying breaths.
"...associated with one of Japan's greatest Samurai heroes. It's design gives a clue as to who he is, because it is a mon (family badge or crest) showing The Chrysanthemum On The Water." CH.14
Samurai In 100 Objects By Stephen Turnbull

Samurai warriors are not only known for their expertise in fighting but also their very body armour. Some are very elaborate and colorful, and their helmets were also equally impressive and said a lot about a Samurai's status or achievements.

Stephe Turnbull has compacted as much of the Japanese history of the samurai and what they fought for into this well written book. If your looking for a book about the Great Wall or the terra-cotta soldiers this isn’t the book for you. Fortunately he has written a book with so much more of the history most of us hasn’t even read about, some to thought of fiction. For example, I thought samurai women were frowned upon, but evidently some were great warriors and didn’t have to keep it a secret. The rest I’m going to let you discover for yourself and let you be amazed! Especially on page 67, prepare to be amazed!

Cited Source:
Turnbull, Stephen R. “Samurai in 100 Objects.” Samurai in 100 Objects, Frontline Books, 2016.

Stephen Turnbull is the worlds leading authority on samurai culture. He took his first degree at Cambridge and has two MAs (in Theology and Military History) from Leeds University. In 1996 he received a PhD from Leeds for his thesis on Japans Kakure Kirishitan. In its published form the work won the Japan Festival Literary Award in 1998. He is now retired and is an Honorary Lecturer at Leeds, a Research Associate at SOAS and Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Akita International University. He has published 72 books and many journal articles. Authors Site.

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