Musashizuka Park is located in Kumamoto City. It's the grave site of the famous swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi. Musashi's life has been portrayed in countless films as well as literature. But it’s Musashi's own treatise on strategy, The Book of Five Rings, which he allegedly conceived and wrote at the nearby cave of Reigandō, that he’s perhaps most renowned for. The book is not only studied by martial artists, but also business managers and students of philosophy. If you're interested in the life of Miyamoto Musashi or samurai history in general, a trip to Musashizuka Park is highly recommended while in Kumamoto.
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I currently reside in Saga Prefecture. Before landing here in 2013, I’d been traveling to Japan since 2004 for both vacation as well as family visits. Since then, I’ve been fortunate to travel about and see much of this remarkable coutry. Although my interests are quite eclectic, I've always had a distinct fascination with old Japan. I suppose this began as a young boy brought up on a steady diet of samurai and ninja films. However, many years later, that interest deepened, surpassing romanticized curiosity. I have sufficient knowledge of Japanese history and culture and make it a point to visit various castles, temples, and other interesting placeswhenever I travel. It is my objective to be able to share some of that experience with you in hopes of inspiring you to visit a particular place or at least provide you with some peripheral knowledge about places you've already been. Safe travels and always remember: "The map is not the territory" - Alfred Korzybski