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Ritualistic Samurai Suicide- A Firsthand Account By Daniel DiMarzio, A.B. Mitford
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What you are about to read is an account taken from A.B. Mitford’s work “Tales of Old Japan” circa 1871. Seppuku (hara-kiri) was a Japanese suicide ritual often performed by... More > Samurai. Up until this point no one in the Western world had witnessed it, or even believed that it was real. The events below detail an actual eyewitness account of Japanese ritualistic suicide by a foreigner. A foreigner who happened to record and write about the event in detail…and in English. The Foreword is written by Daniel DiMarzio. Additional historic material related to hara-kiri is also given. In addition the original English version of the now famous "Forty-Seven Ronin" story written circa 1871 is provided.< Less
From Machete Fights to Paradise, The Machete Fighters of the Dominican Republic By Daniel DiMarzio
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When I first heard of sword fights in the Dominican I was very skeptical. I thought maybe I was hearing about a freak occurrence or a story that was blown out of proportion. But, then I heard another... More > story…and another. All of them about machete fights. Not just one person with a machete attacking some unarmed person either, these were stories of two people wielding machetes. Two people dueling with real, live swords. Then, I actually went there and met people who had been in machete fights and had the scars to prove it. Sword fights do happen in the modern world. They happen in the Caribbean…in Latin America…specifically in a place called the Dominican Republic. This isn’t the same Dominican Republic that tourists often see. These fights happen in the neighborhoods and countryside rarely ever seen by the non-local. The following are accounts of modern-day sword fights, fights involving the Machete Fighters of the Dominican Republic.< Less
A Story of Life, Fate, and Finding the Lost Art of Koka Ninjutsu in Japan By Daniel DiMarzio
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This book is about the realities of living and working in Japan. Differences between Japanese and American cultures are investigated. The positive and negative aspects associated with living in Japan... More > are examined in detail. This book is also about finding a long thought-to-be-extinct military art known as "Koka Ninjutsu." This art and the group carrying on the tradition, "Banke Shinobinoden" have remained underground for almost 1,000 years. Banke Shinobinoden has remained virtually unknown to the outside world.< Less
Finding the Real Japan: Stories from the Land of the Rising Sun By Daniel DiMarzio
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FINDING THE REAL JAPAN- "Stories from the Land of the Rising Sun" takes a look at what Japanese Culture is really like, without the rose-colored glasses. It is written from first-hand... More > accounts of traveling to and living in Japan spanning several years. The work also includes black and white prints of old and rare Japanese artwork as well as pictures of modern-day Japan. The first-hand accounts make this an interesting study on a culture that is often misunderstood by outsiders. Take a journey with the author while trying to understand this fascinating and ancient culture. The highs and lows of this story are both inspiring and at times horrifying. It is a direct, in your face, look at what modern-day Japan is really like.< Less