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  • Which translation?

    Well off the back of Gibbos thread about how much these books can or cannot help our kendo I was wondering whether the translation that I read of the book of five rings, which was a Pdf file I found on t'internet, was really up to scratch.

    So to the question, as I cant read Japanese, which translation of the book of five rings would people reccommend?

  • #2
    I would go for the one by Victor Harris, for two reasons though both are personal. First and to me very importantly Old Vic is a Kendoka, so its going to be translated from a kendoka's point of few. Second, I know Old Vic, and hes a really nice guy, a decent fellow, so do him the honour of reading something that he worked hard to produce for the benefit of the englsih speaking / reading kendo world.

    Like I said, both personal!


    • #3
      There's an archived review which mentions several of the available translations.


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        • #5
          Thanks for the replys and links guys. I think Im going to buy the William Scott Wilson translation as I like the idea of having the original japanese as well as the translation, since I do intend to start to learn Japanese soon and Im sure being able to interprate this would be a good goal to work towards.