Miyamoto Musashi

1584 - 1645

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Miyamoto Musashi (宮本 武蔵, 1584 – 13 June 1645), also known as Shinmen Takezō, Miyamoto Bennosuke or, by his Buddhist name, Niten Dōraku, was a Japanese swordsman, philosopher, strategist, writer and rōnin. Musashi, as he was often simply known, became renowned through stories of his unique double-bladed swordsmanship and undefeated record in his 61 duels (next is 33 by Itō Ittōsai). He is considered a Kensei, a sword-saint of Japan. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Miyamoto Musashi has received more than 4,520,221 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Miyamoto Musashi is the 104th most popular writer (down from 94th in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Japan and the 2nd most popular Japanese Writer.

Miyamoto Musashi is most famous for being a samurai and his book The Book of Five Rings.

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Among writers, Miyamoto Musashi ranks 104 out of 5,794Before him are Stephen King, Maurice Maeterlinck, Erich Maria Remarque, Selma Lagerlöf, André Gide, and Ivan Turgenev. After him are Rainer Maria Rilke, Paulo Coelho, Paul Verlaine, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Václav Havel, and George Sand.

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Among people born in 1584, Miyamoto Musashi ranks 1After him are Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain, Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange, William Baffin, Francisco de Quevedo, Catherine of Sweden, Countess Palatine of Kleeburg, Yuan Chonghuan, Matthias Gallas, Cornelis de Vos, Herman Wrangel, Caspar Barlaeus, and Francis Beaumont. Among people deceased in 1645, Miyamoto Musashi ranks 2Before him is Hugo Grotius. After him are Michael of Russia, William Laud, Li Zicheng, Francisco de Quevedo, Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, Nur Jahan, Marie de Gournay, Anthony van Diemen, Feng Menglong, and Eudoxia Streshneva.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Miyamoto Musashi ranks 8 out of 5,560Before him are Hokusai (1760), Hayao Miyazaki (1941), Akira Kurosawa (1910), Matsuo Bashō (1644), Akihito (1933), and Emperor Meiji (1852). After him are Oda Nobunaga (1534), Yoko Ono (1933), Haruki Murakami (1949), Isoroku Yamamoto (1884), Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542), and Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536).

Among WRITERS In Japan

Among writers born in Japan, Miyamoto Musashi ranks 2Before him are Matsuo Bashō (1644). After him are Haruki Murakami (1949), Murasaki Shikibu (973), Yukio Mishima (1925), Yasunari Kawabata (1899), Kenzaburō Ōe (1935), Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892), Osamu Dazai (1909), Sei Shōnagon (966), Natsume Sōseki (1867), and Kazuo Ishiguro (1954).