Picture of author.

Eiji Yoshikawa (1892–1962)

Author of Musashi

166+ Works 3,580 Members 58 Reviews 16 Favorited

About the Author


Works by Eiji Yoshikawa

Musashi (-0001) 1,578 copies
Taiko (1967) 539 copies
The Way of the Samurai (1971) 201 copies
The Heike Story (1956) 183 copies
La Pierre et le Sabre (1971) 179 copies
La Parfaite lumière (1935) 165 copies
The Way of Life and Death (1971) 143 copies
The Way of the Sword (1971) 108 copies
The Bushido Code (1989) 103 copies
The Art of War (1990) 44 copies
La pierre et le sabre 2 (2001) 11 copies
La parfaite lumiere. 2 (2001) 4 copies
Uesugi Kenshin (2019) 3 copies
平の将門 (1975) 3 copies
El código bushido (1994) 3 copies
Kuroda Josui (2019) 2 copies
Taira no Masakado (2020) 2 copies
A kard útja (2018) 2 copies
松のや露八 (1990) 2 copies
決定版三國志 (2014) 2 copies
宮本武蔵 1 copy
Shin Heike Monogatari (1982) 1 copy
Shinran (1980) 1 copy
A szamuráj útja (2017) 1 copy
Taiko 2 (2011) 1 copy
Mijamoto Musaši 1-6 (2015) 1 copy
三国志 3 (3) (1980) 1 copy
Pot meča 1 copy
Musashi 2 1 copy
三国志 2 (2) (1980) 1 copy
____ 5 1 copy
_______9 1 copy

Associated Works

Vagabond, Volume 8 (2000) 84 copies
Vagabond, Volume 12 (2001) 75 copies
Vagabond, Volume 9 (2001) 75 copies
Vagabond, Volume 19 (2004) — some editions — 74 copies
Vagabond, Volume 11 (2001) 73 copies
Vagabond, Volume 13 (2002) 72 copies
Vagabond, Volume 20 (2004) — some editions — 69 copies
Vagabond, Volume 18 (2004) — some editions — 65 copies
Vagabond, Volume 17 (2004) 65 copies
Vagabond, Volume 16 (2003) 65 copies
Vagabond, Volume 14 (2003) 62 copies
Vagabond, Volume 15 (2002) 54 copies


Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Yoshikawa, Eiji
Legal name
Yoshikawa, Hidetsugu
Other names
Date of death
Kanagawa prefecture, Japan
Place of death
Tokyo, Japan
Cause of death
Awards and honors
Cultural Order of Merit (1960)
Order of the Sacred Treasure
Mainichi Art Award
Short biography
Born in Kanagawa Prefecture, August 11, 1892. Hidetsugu Yoshikawa received only a primary school education. At the age of 18 he became interested in Haiku. In 1914 he released the novel "Tale of Enoshima" winning his first award. He was sponsored by Kodansha and in 1921 he joined Maiyu Shimbum newspaper and he published serializations. In 1923 he married Yasu Akazawa and in the following years he wrote various stories which were published by Kodansha. He had a total of 19 psuedonyms before settling on Eiji Yoshikawa and after writing the "Road of Naruto" his name became more well known. His writing styles changed over the years, in 1930 his style become more personal but in 1935 he wrote "Musashi" which settled his style of historical adventures. In 1937 when the war the China began he was sent in as a reporter of the war. During this he remarried to Fumiko Ikedo and continued writing novels with more inspiration from Chinese culture. When the war ended he retired to Yoshino and lived a quiet life. His last work was "A Private Record of the Pacific Was" in 1958. He died from cancer complications on September 7, 1962.



Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa was to me at best mid...while this overall story was good, it was , in my opinion way too long. My gosh the author could have condensed much of the book and still gotten the story across. I will say this, it did give you intimate understandings of the people in the stories due to the extreme detail of the book. One more complaint that I would have is the ending. After getting through all the labors of the book and making it to the ending, one would think/hope that the crescendo of the story would meet expectations of the build up the author makes. Without giving anything away, I was not really that happy with it...a two and a half star review, I would not recommend this to anyone unless they have a driving passion for Japanese history or the martial arts/samurai/swordsmanship. I guess this was just not cup of tea.… (more)
Schneider | 21 other reviews | Apr 10, 2023 |
I had wanted to read this book for a long time, since I love japanese culture and its history. I finally got around to it after reading the ongoing and awesome "Vagabond" manga from Takehijo Inoue, that's based in this novel (although changing a lot of elements, most of them for the better).

It's hard for me to review this without comparing it to the movies or the manga, but I gave it 5 stars anyway because I think it's a great achievement as a novel. Even though it was published in the 1910s, it reads very well (the english translation must help with the style) and it maintains a good pace throughout the novel, even though Musashi disappears for several chapters and the story follows other secondary characters for a while.

You have to read it not only as the story of one man, but of a period of time and its people. It's a choral novel in that sense, since it features several viewpoints and deals with complex and mature subject matter. But the book wouldn't work without the shadow of Musashi being cast over all the other characters. And what the author does masterfully is show the progression of Musashi, from a violent young man to a master of the way, of zen as much as of the sword. And the rest of the characters meet their karmic ends, as should be in a story.

It is eminently readable and approachable, even for those that are not experts in japanese history, though liking it helps a lot.
… (more)
marsgeverson | 21 other reviews | Jan 12, 2023 |
Serialization is underrated. Yoshikawa makes it work to his advantage with stories that interleave like both a play and epic.
Kavinay | 21 other reviews | Jan 2, 2023 |
The story of the making of a samurai in the 17th century. Originally published in Japan as a serial and reminds me of Nikolas Nickelby by Dickens with a touch of Great Expectations. Having been written by and for the Japanese, this book depicts a more realistic culture as opposed to Shogun.
1 vote
Saraishelafs | 21 other reviews | Nov 4, 2020 |



You May Also Like

Associated Authors


Also by
½ 4.3

Charts & Graphs