William de Lange
History, Teaching, and Practice of Japanese Swordsmanship
For over a thousand years the sword has played a crucial role in Japanese society. Even today it remains a ubiquitous and venerated object, whether cherished as a work of art, admired as a feat of technology, or wielded in… Read More
William de Lange was born in 1964 in Naarden, the Netherlands, to Dutch and English parents. In the late 1980s, he left his English studies to embark on a journey that eventually led him to Japan, where he supported himself by making traditional Japanese scrolls and occasionally writing articles for the Japan Times Weekly. On his return to the Netherlands, he entered Leiden University to make the highly controversial issue of the Japanese press clubs the focal point of his Japanese studies. In 1993, he returned to Japan on a scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education. Following his graduation, he lived in Japan for most of the remaining decade, studying the art of Japanese fencing under Akita Moriji sensei, eighth dan master of the Shinkage-ryu. He currently lives in the Netherlands, where he spends his time writing and translating books on Japanese subjects.