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Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai - Unabridged and Fully Illustrated (edition 2021)

by Tsunetomo Yamamoto (Author)

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Learn the secrets of Japan's samurai warrior code with this definitive translation of the Hagakure-the bushido manual of the samurai. The Hagakure is one of the most influential of all Japanese texts-written nearly 300 years ago by Tsunetomo Yamamoto to summarize the very essence of the Japanese Samurai bushido ("warrior") spirit. Its influence has been felt throughout the world and yet its existence is scarcely known to many Westerners. This is the first translation to include the complete first two books of the Hagakure and the most reliable and authentic passages contained within the third book. All other English translations published previously have been extremely fragmentary and incomplete. Alex Bennett's completely new and highly readable translation of this essential work includes extensive footnotes that serve to fill in many cultural and historical gaps in the previous translations. This unique combination of readability and scholarship gives Bennett's translation a distinct advantage over all previous English editions.… (more)
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If you learn one thing from this book, it is that advice is cheap. ( )
  markm2315 | Jul 1, 2023 |
A good distillation of a culture is like wine. There is color, there is character, there are bracing effects, there are notes and complexities. Bushido is a culture within a culture, a rich mix. The ideals are kindness and capacity for quick and lethal action. The shadow of death is to be embraced in every moment.

The author was not a samurai. He was a Zen student, Confucian scholar, scribe / retainer to a lord whose father and grandfather were samurai, and finally a mountain-dwelling, married Buddhist priest. Hagakure is a mixing vat of many elements, but its main notes, first and last, are living with death, inhaling it, to the final breath. Sip it to your pleasure and think about how deeply to swallow it in. ( )
  Cr00 | Apr 1, 2023 |
Despite it's history (martial manual for Axis era Japan), the 'Hagakure' in it's originality is a striking text resplendent with one sole emphasis: carry out your duty.

It is not a Sun Tzu type 'Art of War' but rather a nostalgic yearning for times long gone. Profound yet spontaneous, I learnt the essentiality of forbearance from this book. ( )
  Amarj33t_5ingh | Jul 8, 2022 |
Some fascinating historical perspectives mixed with wisdom and what I can only describe as an alien mindset. I recommend this book not to those seeking a greater understanding of Zen, but rather to those who want to understand the spiritual underpinnings of samurai culture. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
This book has aphorisms and truisms and ideals and things. Some of the wisdom is kinda culturally specific and sexist. For instance, never have a daughter. "Daughters bring shame to the family," according to the book. Also, if you are a retainer to a samurai, you have to kill yourself when your master dies. It has other interesting ideas too, but those are the ones that stuck out in my mind.

According to the book, the translator selected two hundred excerpts from the works known collectively as the Hagakure and this distillation of knowledge is what resulted. It's not that long of a book and it is really fragmented, but all in all it is a pretty good volume of Eastern Wisdom. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
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Hagakure („U senci lišća”) je priručnik za samurajsku klasu sačinjen iz niza kratkih anegdota i razmišljanja koji istovremeno pružaju uvid i uputstva za način ponašanja koji iziskuje bušido - istinski duh i staza ratnika. Ovo nije filozofska knjiga u smislu u kome se ta reč uglavnom razume: to je zbirka misli i izreka prikupljenih u razdoblju od sedam godina, i kao takva pokriva široku lepezu predmeta, često bez posebnog reda.

Delo predstavlja model življenja koji je veoma udaljen od našeg pragmatizma i materijalizma, upućujući intuitivan, pre nego racionalan poziv, u svojoj tvrdnji da je bušido staza smrti, i da je samo onaj samuraj koji je spreman i voljan da umre u bilo kom trenutku potpuno iskren prema svom gospodaru. Mada je Hagakure godinama bio tekst držan u strogoj tajnosti i poznat jedino ratnicima vazalima provincije Hizen kojima je i sam autor pripadao, kasnije je on došao na glas kao klasično delo o samurajskoj filozofiji, vršeći tako snažan uticaj na mnoge naredne naraštaje i stičući brojne poklonike, među kojima se našao i Jukio Mišima.
Jamamoto Cunetomo (1659-1719) je bio samuraj-sluga iz klana Nabešima, koji je gospodario provincijom Hizen. Postao je budistički monah 1700. godine, nakon što je Šogunska vlada zabranila praksu cufiku - samoubistvo sluge nakon smrti svog gospodara. Knjiga je posvećena jednom mlađem samuraju tokom autorove izolacije u periodu od sedam godina.
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Hagakure („U senci lišća”) je priručnik za samurajsku klasu sačinjen iz niza kratkih anegdota i razmišljanja koji istovremeno pružaju uvid i uputstva za način ponašanja koji iziskuje bušido - istinski duh i staza ratnika. Ovo nije filozofska knjiga u smislu u kome se ta reč uglavnom razume: to je zbirka misli i izreka prikupljenih u razdoblju od sedam godina, i kao takva pokriva široku lepezu predmeta, često bez posebnog reda.

Delo predstavlja model življenja koji je veoma udaljen od našeg pragmatizma i materijalizma, upućujući intuitivan, pre nego racionalan poziv, u svojoj tvrdnji da je bušido staza smrti, i da je samo onaj samuraj koji je spreman i voljan da umre u bilo kom trenutku potpuno iskren prema svom gospodaru. Mada je Hagakure godinama bio tekst držan u strogoj tajnosti i poznat jedino ratnicima vazalima provincije Hizen kojima je i sam autor pripadao, kasnije je on došao na glas kao klasično delo o samurajskoj filozofiji, vršeći tako snažan uticaj na mnoge naredne naraštaje i stičući brojne poklonike, među kojima se našao i Jukio Mišima.
Jamamoto Cunetomo (1659-1719) je bio samuraj-sluga iz klana Nabešima, koji je gospodario provincijom Hizen. Postao je budistički monah 1700. godine, nakon što je Šogunska vlada zabranila praksu cufiku - samoubistvo sluge nakon smrti svog gospodara. Knjiga je posvećena jednom mlađem samuraju tokom autorove izolacije u periodu od sedam godina.
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Yamamoto Tsunetomoprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tashiro, TsuramotoTranscribersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keller, GuidoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maarschalkerweerd-Ba… M.J. vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mukoh, TakaoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Although it stands to reason that a samuraia should be mindful of the Way of the Samurai, it would seem that we are all negligent.
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"Even if it seems certain that you will lose, retaliate. Neither wisdom nor technique has a place in this. A real man does not think of victory or defeat. He plunges recklessly towards an irrational death. By doing this, you will awaken from your dreams."
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Learn the secrets of Japan's samurai warrior code with this definitive translation of the Hagakure-the bushido manual of the samurai. The Hagakure is one of the most influential of all Japanese texts-written nearly 300 years ago by Tsunetomo Yamamoto to summarize the very essence of the Japanese Samurai bushido ("warrior") spirit. Its influence has been felt throughout the world and yet its existence is scarcely known to many Westerners. This is the first translation to include the complete first two books of the Hagakure and the most reliable and authentic passages contained within the third book. All other English translations published previously have been extremely fragmentary and incomplete. Alex Bennett's completely new and highly readable translation of this essential work includes extensive footnotes that serve to fill in many cultural and historical gaps in the previous translations. This unique combination of readability and scholarship gives Bennett's translation a distinct advantage over all previous English editions.

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|Hagakure ("In the Shadow of Leaves"') is a manual for the samurai classes consisting of a series of short anecdotes and reflections that give both insight and instruction-in the philosophy and code of behavior that foster the true spirit of Bushido-the Way of the Warrior. It is not a book of philosophy as most would understand the word: it is a collection of thoughts and sayings recorded over a period of seven years, and as such covers a wide variety of subjects, often in no particular sequence.

The work represents an attitude far removed from our modern pragmatism and materialism, and possesses an intuitive rather than rational appeal in its assertion that Bushido is a Way of Dying, and that only a samurai retainer prepared and willing to die at any moment can be totally true to his lord. While Hagakure was for many years a secret text known only to the warrior vassals of the Hizen fief to which the author belonged, it later came to be recognized as a classic exposition of samurai thought and came to influence many subsequent generations, including Yukio Mishima.

This translation offers 300 selections that constitute the core texts of the 1,300 present in the original.
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