Reigando Cave and the life of Miyamoto Musashi

Japanese History and Culture

Miyamoto Musashi Died On June 13, 1645.

Considered one of the greatest samurai of all time, Miyamoto Musashi’s reputation has grown to mythic proportions over the years, despite much of his life remaining a mystery. The undefeated swordsman, master of strategy, calligrapher, painter, writer and martial arts icon, Miyamoto Musashi was born towards the end of the warring States period. He took part in a great many battles and duels, created his own unique sword style and wrote one of the best known and widest read books on strategy, confrontation and victory.

Musashi was born Shinmen Musashi no Kami Fujiwara no Genshin, with the childhood names of Bennosuke or Takezo, in the village of Miyamoto in Mimasaka, Harima Province. His mother died soon after he was born, and he was raised by his father, Shinmen Munisai, an accomplished swordsman and expert in the jitte, a baton like instrument with a…

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