Concept Development Miyamoto Musashi

Here is the initial storyboard for the first scene in my project on Musashi Miyamoto

Miyamoto Musashi

Genre: Historic/ Biography/ Martial Arts/ Slice of Life/ Action

Main: Miyamoto Musashi

Setting: Edo Period Japan

Scene 1: Duel with Kojiro Sasaki

1610.1612.? Killed Kojiro in a duel by using a wooden stick on a small island in Kyushu. His most famous battle.

Scene 2: Enjoying the tea ceremony.

Scene 3:

(Writing the book of 5 rings)?

(Painting or sculpting an art piece)?

(Teaching at his school of Martial Arts)?

Miyamoto Musashi (宮本 武蔵, 1584–1645) is also known by his other names, Shinmen Takezō or Miyamoto Bennosuke, or his Buddhist name Niten Dōraku. He was an expert swordsman and rōnin who was known for his many duels even when he was very young. Miyamoto Musashi was the author of The Book of Five Rings, about tactics, strategy, and swordfighting philosophies that are still used today. He also founded the  Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū or Niten-ryū style popular for its two-sword techniques.

Sasaki Kojirō (佐々木 小次郎, 1585–1612), of Fukui Prefecture, Japan, was also known as Ganryū, or Large Rock style. Kojirō was a master swordsman during the Sengoku and early Edo periods. He studied  Chujō-ryū (old style martial arts founded in the 14th century by Chujō Nagahide) sword fighting from either sword masters Kanemaki Jisai or Toda Seigen.  Kojirō later went on his own and founded the Japanese traditional school for swordsmanship, Ganryū, the name he is also known for. He is also known for his skills in wielding the nodachi (a long traditional Japanese sword) known as the Drying Pole and the Tsubame Gaeshi technique (Turning Swallow Cut) believed to mimic the motion of a swallow’s tail during flight.

Miyamoto Musashi, wishing to put an end to the notion of who is really the best swordsman, requested Lord Hosokawa Tadaoki (a respected samurai), through his trusted vassal Nagaoka Sado Okinaga, to arrange a duel between the two swordsmen. The duel took place on 13th April 1612, in the remote island of Ganryujima of Funashima, off the coast of the Bizen Province. As part of a strategy to throw off Kojirō ‘s inner state of being, Musashi arrived three hours late. When he finally arrived, the officials of the duel as well as Sasaki Kojiro were extremely irritated; Kojiro was full of rage. On drawing his katana, he threw his scabbard aside, prompting Musashi to further enrage him by commenting, “If you have no more use for your sheath, you are already dead.”

The duel began with both men on guard as a show of respect for the other’s skill with their own style and technique. In the end, though, there could be only one winner. Musashi had provoked Kojirō to make the first attack. Miyamoto quickly countered and succeeded in breaking Kojirō’s left ribs and puncturing his lungs, eventually killing him. Because of this event, Musashi attained spiritual awakening and renounced ever doing lethal duels in the future.

This is one version of the historic duel between Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro found at: www.kcpinternational.com

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