Miyamoto Musashi- a legendary swordsman who has become part historical figure and part romanticised hero of myth- is a name instantly familiar to any Japanese citizen. In addition to writing one of the key texts on Japanese samurai tactics and philosophy – The Book of Five Rings – he is also famous for inventing the Ni-Ten Ichi Ryu style of fighting with two swords, perhaps the most obvious, internationally recognized visual trademark of the samurai. But even with so many books written on him and an almost infinite number of movies, anime, and manga stories inspired by his legendary exploits and teachings, questions still remain unanswered. Musashi - The Dream of the Last Samurai attempts to answer one of these in particular – what motivated the great warrior to adopt and perfect his dual-bladed style?
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