Strokes of Brush and Blade


Strokes of Brush and Blade
—Tales of the Samurai—

Selected by Edward Lipsett

The samurai were more than just warriors, although of course when war came they were ready. For a thousand years they were, in a very real sense, the glue that held Japan together through all the emperors and shoguns who wielded the power.

While many children in the West grew up with The Lone Ranger or Bonanza, and newer generations instead rooted for Adam-12 or CSI, in Japan the heroes wore topknots and swords: Abarenbō Shogun, Tōyama no Kin-san, and the other sword-wielding heroes of Old Japan.

The tradition of the samurai remains an integral part of Japanese society even today, constituting a social background as pervasive as the archetypal cowboy or cop in America. But there was a lot more to their lives than just waving swords...

This anthology brings together some of the best authors in the genre today, with immersive tales that will transport you back to the good old days, in Japan.


  • AKIYAMA Kano 秋山 香乃
    translated by Pamela Ikegami
  • ARAYAMA Tōru 荒山 徹
    translated by Tyran Grillo
  • ASAMATSU Ken 朝松 健
    translated by Dan Luffey
  • ASHIBE Taku 芦辺 拓
    translated by Nancy Ross
  • HAYAMI Shun 早見 俊
    translated by Richard Donovan
  • HAYAMI Shun 早見 俊
    translated by Matthew Carpenter
  • HONDA Ryūichi 誉田 龍一
    translated by Nick John
  • KAMIYA Masanari 神家 正成
    translated by Steve Venti
  • KANBARA Jirō 蒲原 二郎
    translated by Kristi Fernandez
  • KARIGINU Yayoi 狩衣 弥生
    translated by Ralph McCarthy
  • KATAKURA Izumo 片倉 出雲
    translated by Kevin Steinbach
  • NIIMI Ken 新美 健
    translated by James Balzer
  • SUZUKI Ayako 鈴木 彩子
    translated by Sharni Wilson
  • SUZUKI Eiji 鈴木 英治
    translated by Richard Medhurst
  • YATSU Yaguruma 谷津 矢車
    translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter


  • Pages: Pending
  • Trade paperback 5" x 8" (127mm x 203mm)
  • ISBN: 978-4-909473-01-1
  • Kurodahan Press Book No. FG-JP0058L
  • List Price: Pending
  • Cover: Yamamoto Masaaki

In translation

  • Scheduled for publication in late 2019