Book launch for The Spirit of the Sword by Nakamura Taisaburo, translated by Gavin J Poffley at the Brunei Gallery. Venue: The Brunei Gallery, SOAS Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG Room B111 Times: Tuesday 28th of May, 6pm to 8pm The launch event will feature a number of martial arts demonstrations, including Nakamura sensei's British student, Mr. John Evans (7th dan Nakamura Ryu) and his London Fudokan dojo demonstrating the Nakamura Ryu battodo that is featured in the book. Other demonstrations currently confirmed include the SOAS Airenjuku (aikido) and Jindokai honbu (karate/ Ryukyu kobujutsu). The translator, Gavin J Poffley (MA Japanese Translation, SOAS) will give a talk and Q&A on the translation of the Japanese martial arts for an English speaking audience, taking an in-depth look at the translation of The Spirit of the Sword and will be available for signings and to chat about the book throughout the evening. Drinks and refreshments will be provided for all guests and everyone is welcome to come along enjoy a pleasant and informative evening and celebrate the launch of this unique publication.