Treasured for centuries by karate's top masters, the Bubishi is a classic Chinese work on philosophy, strategy, medicine, and technique as they relate to the martial arts. Referred to as the «bible of karate» by famous master Chojun Miyagi, for hundreds of years the Bubishi was a secret text passed from master to student in China and later in Okinawa. All of karate's legendary masters have studied it, applied its teachings, or copied passages from it. No other classic work has had as dramatic an impact on the shaping and development of karate as the Bubishi . Karate historian and authority Patrick McCarthy spent over ten years researching and studying the Bubishi and the arts associated with it. The first English translation of this remarkable martial arts manual includes numerous explanations and notes. McCarthy's work also includes groundbreaking research on Okinawan and Chinese history, as well as the fighting and healing traditions that developed in those countries, making it a gold mine for researchers and practitioners alike. For the final word on the true origins and spirit of classic Okinawan martial arts, one need look no further. This karate book is one of the best karate training supplements available.
Enjoy the authentic flavors of Asia with ease and in your own kitchen. Asian Cooking Made Easy features over 50 delicious recipes from the kitchens of China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. Use this Asian cookbook to treat yourself to the authentic tastes and sensations of Asian food, from delightful starters such as Crabmeat Omelet to tasty seafood and noodle recipes including Fish Steaks in Fragrant Coconut Gravy and Singapore Hokkien Mee. Taste the subtle blends and rich flavors of Asian cuisine with this handy cookbook. Featuring easy, clear recipes and step-by-step photographs, along with a glossary of ingredients, Asian Cooking Made Easy will help ensure fantastic results every time! This book of Asian recipes includes instructions for: basic recipes, salads, appetizers, soups, noodles, rice, poultry, meat, seafood, vegetables, and desserts. Inside, you'll be treated to 53 recipes of authentic favorites from all over the Asian continent. Also included in this book are unit conversion tables, dual measurements, over 50 detailed photos, and an overview of basic Asian ingredients needed to create these delicious Asian favorites. Enjoy! Recipes include: Miso soup with clamsGreen papaya soup with shrimpSingapore braised noodlesClassic Chinese fried riceSweet soy chicken and egg on riceBarbecued chicken breasts with misoBraised soy duckFragrant lamb curryJapanese pan-fried fishAnd many more favorites!
With its clear defined photos and easy to read recipes, Healthy and Simple Asian Recipes contains everything you need to know to create over 50 delicious, easy, and authentic vegetarian dishes. This cookbook contains recipes for a variety of dishes that are both healthy and appetizing. Healthy and Simple Asian Recipes features recipes for appetizers, salads, soups, noodles, rice, poultry, meat, fish, vegetables, and tofu. Recipes include:Thai green papaya saladChinese hot & sour soupVietnamese chicken noodle soupBeef in sweet soy brothGrilled Tutaki tunaMapo tofuVegetable biryani riceChinese pickled vegetablesAlso included are unit conversion tables, dual measurements, and an overview of the basic necessities for cooking authentic, simple, and appetizing Asian food. Each recipe includes cook time, prep time, and serving sizes. Enjoy!
Perfect for beginning cooks this beautifully illustrated Vietnamese cookbook provides easy-to-follow directions for quick and delicious Vietnamese dishes. Famous for its lively, fresh flavors and artfully composed meals, Vietnamese cooking is the true «healthy cuisine» of Asia. Abundant fresh herbs and greens, delicate soups and stir-fries, and well-seasoned grilled dishes served with rice or noodles are the mainstays of the Vietnamese table. Even the beloved snacks or desserts are often based on fresh fruits served with sweetened rice or tapioca. Rarely does any dish have added fats.Along with its delicate freshness, Vietnamese cooking is also subtle and sophisticated. At its best when its flavors are balanced between salty, sweet, sour and hot, Vietnamese cooks strive for a balance of flavors so no one taste outranks any other. Vietnamese Cooking Made Easy features over 50 recipes, from delicate soups and stir-fries to well-seasoned grilled foods served with rice or noodles and are packed with fresh herbs and spices. Stunning photography and simple step-by-step instructions make this cookbook the perfect introduction to the world of Vietnamese cuisine. From chapters introducing basic Vietnamese ingredients to sections devoted to appetizers, noodles, seafood and poultry, this handy little book features a spiral binding, making it an easy-to-use addition to your cookbook library. Easy Vietnamese recipes include: Grilled Lemongrass Chicken SataysGlass Noodle SoupFish in Caramel SauceSpicy Lemongrass Tamarind ChickenSesame Beef with Bamboo ShootsSweet Glutinous Rice with Coconut and Red Beans Modern cooks will find preparing a Vietnamese meal both rewarding and relatively easy. And with the widespread popularity of Asian foods, locating ingredients is not a challenge—most supermarkets now carry such basics as fresh ginger, lemongrass and chilies. Making delicious Vietnamese food at home has never been easier!
Thirsty? Open up this cookbook and you’ll find recipes for over 90 delectable cocktails, all with comprehensive instructions and detailed instructional photos. Not only is this a collection of exotic drinks, but it also doubles as an all-inclusive bar guide. This book contains the combined knowledge of 15 master mixologists from five different countries and each brings the specialties of their country to the table. Try a Sake Mojito on for size, or the mouthwatering Hanoi Hooker, the aptly named Coriander Collins or, for the perfect after-dinner treat, the Lychee Alexander. Asian Cocktails is divided by spirit and features sections for:Vodka & SochuRum & TequilaGinWhiskey & BrandySake, Wine, & Champagne Non-alcoholic drinksBar foodIn addition to these sections, there are instructions for Tools, Techniques, Glassware, and more. Asian Cocktails also includes directions to make syrups and infused spirits. Asian Cocktails has everything you need to start your own in home bar!
Kagero Nikki , translated here as The Gossamer Years , belongs to the same period as the celebrated Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikuibu.This remarkably frank autobiographical diary and personal confession attempts to describe a difficult relationship as it reveals two tempestuous decades of the author's unhappy marriage and her growing indignation at rival wives and mistresses. Too impetuous to be satisfied as a subsidiary wife, this beautiful (and unnamed) noblewoman of the Heian dynasty protests the marriage system of her time in one of Japanese literature's earliest attempts to portray difficult elements of the predominant social hierarchy. A classic work of early Japanese prose, The Gossamer Years is an important example of the development of Heian literature, which, at its best, represents an extraordinary flowering of realistic expression, an attempt, unique for its age, to treat the human condition with frankness and honesty. A timeless and intimate glimpse into the culture of ancient Japan, this translation by Edward Seidensticker paints a revealing picture of married life in the Heian period.
This colorfully illustrated multicultural children's book presents Japanese fairy tales and other folk stories—providing insight into a rich literary culture. The rich world of Japanese fantasy is very apparent in Japanese Fairy Tales , a compilation of twenty-two favorite stories from the land of the rising sun. A fantastic selection of ghouls, goblins and ogres, sea serpents and sea kings, kindly animals and magic birds, demons and dragons, princes and princesses hide within these pages. These beautifully illustrated stories, retold for an international audience, provide children with an insight into the traditional culture, morals and environment of Japan. Japanese children's stories include: «Momotaro, or the Story of the Son of a Peach» «The Jellyfish and the Monkey» «The Mirror of Matsuyama» «The Bamboo Cutter and the Moon Child» «The Stones of Five Colors and the Empress Jokwa» And many more!
Learn the secrets of Shaolin Temple boxing also known as Shaolin Kung Fu with this illustrated matrtial arts guide.Shaolin Temple boxing is the father of all boxing forms in China and is a close ancestor of Japanese karate. Despite the widespread study of Shaolin kung fu, however, the true origins and history of this exciting martial art have been obscured by wildly fanciful myths and legends that have arisen over the centuries, leading martial-arts authority Robert W. Smith to remark, «There are no good books on Shaolin Temple boxing. There are only varying degrees of poor.» In Taiwan, however, Smith had the good fortune to discover a short, anonymous work in Chinese that he believed revealed the essence of Shaolin.This kung fu book is the English version of that text. Abundantly and attractively illustrated, it is a fascinating account of the history of an ancient martial art, as well as a concise martial arts manual explaining the fundamental philosophy and techniques of Shaolin Temple boxing.
The Wholehearted Way is a translation of Eihei Dogen's Bendowa, one of the primary texts on Zen practice. Transcending any particular school of Buddhism or religious belief, Dogen's profound and poetic writings are respected as a pinnacle of world spiritual literature. Bendowa, or A Talk on the Wholehearted Practice of the Way, was written in 1231 A.D. and expresses Dogen's teaching of the essential meaning of zazen (seated meditation) and its practice. This edition also contains commentary on Bendowa by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi, a foreword by Taigen Daniel Leighton, and an Introduction by Shohaku Okumura, both of whom prepared this English translation.
A Hundred Verses from Old Japan is an early translation of one of Japan's most famous anthologies of poetry. This gem of Japanese poetry has preserved its charm for almost a century while remaining the most popular of classical poetry anthologies among the Japanese. The Hyaku-nin-isshiu (literally «one hundred poems by one hundred poets») is a collection of a hundred evocative and intensely human specimens of Japanese tanka (poetry written in a five-line thirty-one syllable format in a 5-7-5-7-7 pattern) composed between the seventh and thirteenth centuries and compiled by Sadaiye Fujiwara in 1235. These little poems consist almost entirely of love poems and picture poems intended to bring some well-known scene to mind: nature, the round of the seasons, the impermanence of life, and the vicissitudes of love. There are obvious Buddhist and Shinto influences throughout. To make the sounds more familiar to English readers, the translator has adopted a five-line verse of 8-6-8-6-6 meter, with the second, fourth, and fifth lines rhyming. His accompanying notes put the poems into a cultural and historical context. Each poem is illustrated with an eighteenth-century Japanese woodcut by an anonymous illustrator.