I came across this untranslated passage in a samurai manga (Shigurui) and tried to read it. I kinda get the general idea, but I can't seem to grasp the flow of these sentences at all. Can anyone help me with the finer points?
This is the text and my attempt at a translation:
There is an agreement (belief?) among young samurai
In kenjutsu there exist so-called "secret techniques"
Should one do this/something? while claiming certain victory (this and the next 2 lines are giving me the most trouble)
If you strike your opponent with only your blade without taking his blade
These techniques will leave him twisting and writhing in agony
In truth, this is preposterous.
When it comes to saving yourself, keeping something hidden from your opponent
Is not much different from a thief's earnings (is this an expression? maybe like "a fool's errand" in English?)
The techniques used by experienced warriors are quite basic
Lifting the sword, he will approach until the (proper?) moment, then swing downward.
In this, there is no great wisdom
If your blade can reach your opponent, your opponent's blade can also reach you (?)
One must press the attack until the kill is made
You must wish to see the job to completion (?)
True experts think not of victory, but focus singularly on the death frenzy
In this way, it is as though one is waking from a dream.
There is something that young samurai should learn.
Something that became known as the "secret sword" in kenjutsu.
More to come when I have more time.
Go with Shiratori99's post.Quote:
術理： techniques ----> a technical principleQuote:
何事をするぞといへば: what actions to take would be --> by (verb)
Using your tl phrases -
The jutsu-ri, a technical principle, is to claim certain victory by twisting and writhing in agony only to strike your opponent with your blade [fill in what you wrote/ or ... while avoiding his strikes/blade].
In truth --> trulyQuote:
keeping something hidden ---> hiding from
I go with a literal tl.Quote:
quite --> nothing butQuote:
I'm not quite sure, but this might work. Then he wakes up from his dream state.Quote:
Last edited by mikkih; August 20, 2015 at 10:14 PM. Reason: hide --> hiding