Can you truly understand budo without training in Japan?
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10-23-2013, 07:44 AM
Join Date: Aug 2001
Re: Can you truly understand budo without training in Japan?
There is an excellent interview here with a great 20th century budo teacher who points out, quite correctly I think, that modern Japanese are nearly as culturally different from Sengoku and Edo Period Japanese as Westerners. So if cultural purity is required to understand budo, than no living person is qualified. I'm not arguing particular cultural experience is required. I am arguing that particular historical and philosophical knowledge is. That knowledge is available to anyone who puts forward a little effort and thought.
Sorry, forgot to include the link. The interview is at
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