In eighteenth-century Japan, Tsunetomo Yamamoto created the Hagakure, a document With Bushido, one can better put into perspective Japan’s historical path. Yamamoto Tsunetomo, who was a Samurai in the early s, it is a book that because at the time that it was written, the way of the samurai was becoming. “Bushido: The way of the Samurai” by Yamamoto Tsunetomo is the words of a power samurai (Yamamoto Tsunetomo) in his final days. Most of the book entails .

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If you are prepared to get wet from the start, the result is still the same but it is no hardship. The Hagakure, or Book of the Samurai, lets the reader into the world of 17th and 18th century Japan. This is a really powerful book, which I think people could buxhido lessons from even still samkrai. Ritual suicide to avoid bringing shame to oneself or one’s f While this book is interesting within its context of being about one man’s view on samurai in feudal Japan a hundred years after the height of the importance of samurai, and while it does have some interesting philosophical tidbits, I suppose that for me, it just doesn’t have much value beyond that.

Nov 27, Evelyn Woagh rated it it was ok Shelves: Get to Know Us. I suppose I yqmamoto have different values that do not align well with this.

Other editions – View all Bushido: Or perhaps I misunderstood it. This doesn’t mean it isn’t an interesting book.

Therefore, and this may sound very disrespectful, the present Lord the fourth Lord, Yoshishigeby reminding himself of the endeavors and pains of the founder, Naoshige, and the first Lord, Katsushige, and also, by at least perusing the writings he inherited, would do well to strengthen his resolution to govern the state earnestly. It is said that at that time he was made to cut down more than ten men successively. Hagakure Shambhala Pocket Classic: I can agree, but I cannot wholly share the attitude of a Samurai about it, since I believe I can leave more seeds and fruits through my life than through my death.


Ina young samurai scribe, Tashiro Tsuramoto, had been released from his duties and he spent the next 7 years recording the utterances of Yamamoto. While Wilson only had access to a modern Japanese translation published in a journal, Bennett has access to the original manuscripts themselves.

The Soul of Japan. The importance of servitude and loyalty is heavily stressed too. Jun 04, H added it Shelves: Essential reading for those who wish to understand Japanese martial arts and the influence of Japanese medieval thought on its modern hierarchical society. Open Preview See a Problem? To the benevolent oc courageous mind of Gochyu;2 To the deeds and faith of Riso. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

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This is a steamy pile, so bring some fresh gloves. Wikiquote has quotations related to: English Choose a language for shopping. I don’t think it’s for general audience. It means something different to me each time, though the lessons are often the same ones I’ve forgotten.

Bushifo, I found this translation of the way of Bushido easy to follow, easy to read through quickly and quite interesting. The ersatz way of the samurai can still touch you, with stories that make you laugh and impress you. I don’t pretend to have understood the significance of everything I read in it, and there are other concepts that in eay terms would be anachronistic, impractical or meaningless in the modern West. The good examples of service are Nippo and Katsushige, the first Lord.

Yamamoto Tsunetomo was born inafter the end of officially sanctioned samurai fighting. The book records Tsunetomo’s views on bushidothe warrior code of the samurai. View all 3 comments. It provides a powerful message aimed at the mind and spirit of the samurai warrior.


This philosophy is refreshing because it has less to do with how one thinks, and everything to do with how one acts. Selected pages Title Page. The book is deservedly a classic of Japanese philosophy, and emphasizes on other parts of samurai philosophy as it provides glimpse of what a true Samurai should be like.

His whole life will be without blame, and he will succeed in his calling.

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Wilson, William Scott trans. It appears that there never was any sort of division to the ideas therein, but rather a man pouring his thoughts on to the page. It is also believed that some of the Kamikaze pilots read this book, and stood by its words as the reason they flew those planes don’t make any assumptions about the book being about suicide, cause its not.

Then we present samurais of the clan will be able to manage everything without fail. I read Hagakure in tsunstomo becoming a Blackbelt in Eskrima. Also, this book might not appeal to the faint- How did the samurai live? The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai.

Those who have seen the film Ghost Dog will have already ‘read’ the best quotes from day book, as there are some delightfully quirky quotes in there. off

Jul 31, Filip rated it really liked it.