Hagakure or Hagakure Kikigaki (葉隠聞書), is a practical and spiritual guide for a warrior, drawn Verlag, (Reprint) ISBN ; Hagakure, The Book of the Samurai, Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Translated by William Scott Wilson, . Living and dying with bravery and honor is at the heart of Hagakure, a series of texts written by an eighteenth-century Translated by William Scott Wilson. William Scott Wilson (Translator). · Rating details · 11, ratings · reviews. Hagakure (“In the Shadow of Leaves”) is a manual for the samurai classes.

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Yamamoto was a samurai born some 60 years into the Tokagawa era, the beginning scoht peace in Japan that would force the samurai class to redefine their role in society. Or committing ritual suicide to follow their retainer into the afterlife.

The end of the book additionally contains a table with the life history of Yamamoto Tsunetomo, a visual diagram of a typical medieval clan hierarchy, to accompany the explanation of the world of the samurai in an era without war. If so, you’ve found the book hagakkure are looking for.

Aug 02, Jody Mena added it Shelves: Wikiquote has quotations related to: But, as he says, “No description of me is truly complete without saying I’m a Canadian”. This is a matter of inexperience. The book eilson written after years of peace in Japan, when the samurai class was transforming into an administrative class.

What was the ultimate purpose of their life? Definitely recommend for anybody with an open mind! Compared to the earlier English translation, the newer translation seems more literal. From the 9th Chapter. Personally what I find sott distasteful about hagakure is that it is negatively Confucian.


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One wrong move can undercut your message. If one seeks to learn Samurai culture and history, this book is for you. Along with Sun Tzu’s “Art of war”, this is one of the best literary depictions of samurai day and age, proving that, while vastly different in customs and perception of life, we can still apply its timeless wisdom.

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Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

Familiarity with terminology needed I admit to little knowledge of japanese terms. It is not as much antiquated as it is timeless, and is worth at least one read. Unfortunately it comes to us incomplete.

This is a prime example of wikson something awful can be made uniquely terrible in the right hands. It’s seen as an inevitable piece of life that you cannot avoid. The ability to discern the true meaning of a worthy commitment can be a difficult journey for the Gagakure Warrior. I have found that this book wolson one of those.

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. This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai.

We all want to live. Hagakure came to be viewed as a definitive book of the samurai only during the Pacific War.


No other translator has so thoroughly and eruditely rendered this text into English. From chafing to the hzgakure times to run, explaining the phenomenon known as the “Oprah Line”, and exposing the torture that is a premarathon expo, Cohen acts as your satirical guide to every aspect of the runner’s experience.

Its appeal is intuitive rather than rational and represents an attitude far removed from our Western materialism. Many of the anecdotes offer lessons in virtue that might be universally applied. Your subscription to Read More was successful. View all 15 comments. Don’t like your audiobook? Written late in the author’s life, the book also reflects his nostalgia for a world that had disappeared before his birth.

This is no more than sscott guide to being a servant written by a man who seemingly desired to show the world how much he loved his master. Ritual suicide to hagakuure 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 wliliam it does have some interesting philosophical tidbits, I suppose that for me, it just doesn’t have much value beyond that.

The wording is also slightly different, likely due to different source materials.