Japan’s Most Famous Samurai Fought First Death-Duel When 13 Years Old!

Stories of a teenage samurai in the 1600s after the founding of the famous Tokugawa Shogun era that reveal amazing aspects of Japan's samurai culture. Based on the life of Japan's most famous samurai, Musashi Miyamoto.

Online PR News – 11-June-2012 – Paradise Valley, Arizona – Male members of Japan’s famous samurai class, which took power in Japan at the end of the 12th century, were required to undergo physical, mental and spiritual training that gave them incredible skills in a number of martial arts.

By the 1600s, samurai were also expected to become versed in aesthetics, calligraphy, philosophical matters and writing poetry.

SABURO – The Saga of a Teenage Samurai in 17th Century Japan by noted Japanologist and author Boyé Lafayette De Mente are true-to-life stories of a young boy who opts to become a roving shugyo-sha (shuu-g’yoh-shah), or “samurai in training,” rather than serve a feudal lord, leading him to extraordinary adventures that bring out the culture of his times.

Saburo, the teenage samurai, is based on the life and times of Musashi Miyamoto, a real figure in 17th century Japan who chose to become a shugyo-sha, had killed over 60 other famous samurai in death duels by the time he was 28, and went on to live into his 60s, fighting in wars as a freelancer, giving demonstrations, and instructing the samurai forces of clan lords. Just before dying he wrote a manual revealing the precise strategies he had developed that made him invincible in a sword fight.

Each story in Saburo is filled with cultural and historical facts that reveal both negative and positive elements in the lives of the samurai class, with Saburo surmounting those that are negative and eventually finding a master who explains the essence and the purpose of life. The stories are both an educational and an inspirational read for young people.

SABURO – The Saga of a Teenage Samurai is available in both digital and printed formats from Amazon.com.
Boyé Lafayette De Mente is the author of 70-plus books on the business practices, arts, cultures and languages of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico; on the degradation of American culture, and on the destructive aspects of male dominance in particular. He is a graduate of Jōchi University in Tokyo and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, and wrote the first books ever on the Japanese way of doing business: Japanese Etiquette & Ethics in Business [1959] and How to Do Business in Japan [1961]. Another of his more recent books is SAMURAI STRATEGIES – 42 Martial Secrets from Musashi’s Go Rin Sho [Book of Five Rings].