NEW! Kodansha's Encyclopedia of Japanese Martial Arts released...

The world's first A to Z reference source covering ALL the Japanese martial arts will be welcomed by students and practitioners, as well as by anyone interested in Japanese history and philosophy.

Encyclopedia of Japanese Martial Arts  by Dr. David A. Hall; hardcover with dust-jacket; published by Kodansha USA Inc. / April 2013.   rrp £40.

Kodansha Europe is happy to announce the release of this amazing new title, that has been 25 years in the making. Arranged A to Z,  with a total of 682 pages set in double columns, it offers readers an unprecedented ease and depth of access to the wide corpus of the Japanese martial arts, including key figures, histories, philosophies, genaeologies and associated terminologies. Primary access is via romanised Japanese and English, with all entries including Japanese orthography, as well as Chinese and Sanskrit where relevant. The front matter offers guides to using the book, while appendices include an exhaustive Bibliography, Chinese character index (stroke count), Chinese reference index, Sanskrti reference index and General reference index. There are over 4,000 headline entries, with 395 photos and illustrations and 144 charts and lists.

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