From http://www.holybooks.com/, you can download free PDF book on Samurai.
Bushido the Soul of Japan is Inazo Nitobe’s description of the Samurai code, Bushido. Bushido literally translates “the way of the warrior” and it was a widespread philosophy of work, war, art and spirituality which influenced the entire society. Bushido has it´s roots in Zen-Buddhism and the ethic codes of the Japanese chivalry and Bushido is a philosophical foundation for a range of martial arts such as Aikido and Kendo. Bushido the Soul of Japan was first published in 1904.
Audio (mp3) version of Bushido is also available at LibriVox.
The Religion of the Samurai – A Study of Zen Philosophy in China and Japan by Kaiten Nukariya was published in 1913 in Japan. The ebook guides the reader through the origin of Buddhism and Zen and how their influences has spread from India to China and Japan where it again divided into a number of sects.
A book of Five Rings. Kendo, the Way of the sword, has always been synonymous with nobility in Japan. Since the founding of the samurai class in the eighth century, the military arts had become the highest form of study, inspired by the teachings of Zen and the feeling of Shinto. Schools of Kendo born in the early Muromachi period – approximately 1390 to 1600 – were continued through the upheavals of the formation of the peaceful Tokugawa Shogunate, and survive to this day. The education of the sons of the Tokugawa Shoguns was by means of schooling in the Chinese classics and fencing exercises. Musashi, pursued the ideal of the warrior searching for enlightenment through the perilous paths of Kendo, this is the book about his art.
Zen Culture subtitled How Zen has influenced Art, Architecture, Literature, Sports, Ceramics and Theatre by Thomas Hoover. When it first was published in 1977 among the many positive reviews Library Journal wrote, “Hoover covers the ground in an easy and informative way, describing the origins of Zen itself and the Zen roots of swordsmanship, architecture, food, poetry, drama, ceramics, and many other areas of Japanese life. The book is packed with facts, the bibliography is excellent, the illustrations few but most appropriate, and the style clear and smooth. A most useful book for all collections.”
- Carrying and Wearing the Sword
- Entering the Dojo
- Placement Preparatory to Bowing