Posted: April 20th, 2007 2:06 am
debito wrote:Murakami-san does not write about Samurai.
If you want to learn the true ways of the bushido warrior, watch the movie "The Last Samurai"
While the last samurai is a good movie, I think that it was stretched historically by Hollywood, and may be a bit bastardized from historical events (if any).
On a side note, I'd like to say that if you want to learn anything about Geisha, from what I've heard, Memoirs of A Geisha was incredibly unauthentic. The story was written by an American (who is not even Japanese) and there was a lot of controversy over the main woman in the movie being Chinese. Some people are kind of picky about those sorts of things, I've never seen the movie, I wouldn't know, but I heard that a lot of the things in the movie were incorrect.
However, there was a good book I read a while back with a rather long title. It was called Code of The Samurai: A Modern Translation of The Bushido Shoshinsu of Taira Shigesuke. You can get it on Amazon for $10.17, I don't know how much that costs in The Netherlands (If I'm not mistaken, that's where you said you were from) but it's definitely worth a look.
Hope that helps.