Thread: fu rin ka zan
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Old 05-17-2005, 03:20 PM   #3
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Re: fu rin ka zan

Those were on one of Takeda Shingen's famous war banners. Its a quote from the Chinese strategist Sun Tsu (Zi).

風 Swift as the wind

林 Quiet as the forest

火 Conquer like the fire

山 Steady as the mountain

It seems to get translated a little differently depending on who is using/translating it though:

"Takeda also has a flag that basicaly say "Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan" It is a chinese war tactics basically saying Move like a Wind, Sneak up on like Bush, Fight like a Fire, and wait for a chance like a Mountan"

"Alive like the wind, Quiet like the forest, Burning like fire, Unchangeable, like a mountain"

You can see the characters for it here:

That is how it was arranged on Takeda's famous standard which was captured from his son after his defeat at Nagashino.

Last edited by Mashu : 05-17-2005 at 03:23 PM.
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