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Miyamoto Musashi
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Real Name

Shinmen Takezō; Miyamoto Bennosuke; Niten Dōraku; Shinmen Musashi no Kami Fujiwara no Genshin




June 13, 1645


Miyamoto Musashi (宮本 武蔵?, c. 1584 – June 13, 1645), also known as Shinmen Takezō, Miyamoto Bennosuke or, by his Buddhist name, Niten Dōraku, was a Japanese swordsman and rōnin. Musashi, as he was often simply known, became renowned through stories of his excellent swordsmanship in numerous duels, even from a very young age. He was the founder of the Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū or Niten-ryū style of swordsmanship and the author of The Book of Five Rings (五輪の書 Go Rin No Sho?), a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.

Public Domain Literary Appearances

  • Go Rin No Sho ("The Book of Five Rings")
  • Dokkōdō "The Path of Aloneness", "The Way to Go Forth Alone", or "The Way of Walking Alone"


  • Miyamoto Musashi was the inspiration for the Japanese-American comic book artist Stan Sakai created in 1987, Miyamoto Usagi, a rabbit anthropomorphized protagonist of the series Usagi Yojimbo (rabbit bodyguard), set in the 16th century.

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