A few weeks ago, I ran into a collection of classic Japanese martial arts short stories. This is a new reprint by a Taiwanese publisher of the critically acclaimed stories of Gomi Yasusuke, renowned for his novels on the Yagyu clan of swordsman and ninjas.
I have finished 2 of the better known tales. Compared to Chinese martial arts novels, Yasusuke’s style is less involving. But the details regarding the rituals of the period and the theory behind each school of sword technique remain totally fascinating.