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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William Scott Wilson Translator. 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: 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 selections that constitute the core texts of the 1, present in the original. Hagakure was featured prominently in the film Ghost Dogby Jim Jarmusch. Hardcoverpages. Published August 30th by Kodansha first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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To ask other readers questions about Hagakureplease sign up. The best interesting real book? See 1 question about Hagakure…. Lists with This Book. Jun 23, Abby rated it it was amazing. I love the randomness of this book. One paragraph is a about how to wear your awesome samurai hat, and the next is about the proper way to decapitate someone.

View all 5 comments. View all 15 comments. View all 17 comments. Tashiro Tsuramoto ja compiled these commentaries from his conversations with Tsunetomo from to ; however, it was not published until many years afterwards. Written during a time when there was no officially sanctioned samurai fighting, the book grapples with the dilemma of maintaining a warrior class in the absence of war and reflects the author’s nostalgia for a world that had disappeared before he was born This was so interesting and gave the absolute weirdest look into feudal samurai society.

Review to come soon! View all 10 comments. It irks me that people don’t know the history of this book. A lot of people seem to read it assuming that it’s some sort of rule book that the samurai class carried around in their kimonos so as to follow its writings without err. This is not the case. The book was written after years of peace in Japan, when the samurai class was transforming into an administrative class. Yes, that’s right — the author was some pencil-pusher for the state. This doesn’t mean it isn’t an interesting book.

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Thinki It irks me that people don’t know the history of this book. Thinking about who Tsunetomo was can arguably make the book more interesting — it’s his romanticized, idyllic vision of what samurai are or were supposed to be.

Aug 27, Jon athan Nakapalau rated it it was amazing Shelves: The best exposition on bushido I have ever read. The definitive book of my adult life. This book was popularized in the film Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samuraishowing an assassin for the mob who lives according to the his interpretation of the principles of this book.

That is how I first came across the book, and since then the book has been a central part of my life. The book is some excerpts from a total of about 1, dictated to Yamamoto’s attendant over the course of 7 years, between and Yamamoto was a samurai born some 60 The definitive book of my adult life. Yamamoto was a samurai born some 60 years into the Tokagawa era, the beginning of peace in Japan that would force the samurai class to redefine their role in society.

Yamamoto holds strong to the principles, attitudes and teachings of an era of warfare before his own time, emphasizing extremism and fanaticism as an antidote to the mediocrity, laziness, foolishness and self-interest of the fellow samurai of his time.

For all the criticisms I have read over the years about this book, most of them, while perhaps valid, overlook the wisdom and vitality of so much of his writing. While at times he insists on brashness over hesitation and violence and capital punishment over cowardice, he also advocates repeatedly to live and act with a compassionate attitude and to lighten a punishment on a condemned man when fitting.

Several of the passages appear, at least at an initial reading, to contradict each other. I doubt Yamamoto would be concerned with that criticism. His main concern is investigating what it means to be a samurai; all the complications and problems discussed are meant for consideration, not for finding straightforward answers. Yamamoto offers no answers, but instead demands the proper attitude for a samurai.

This book is not for the general public. I recommend it for anyone interested in samurai culture, military literature, Japanese literature, the martial arts, or philosophy.

Quando un acquazzone ci sorprende, cerchiamo di non bagnarci affrettando il passo, ma anche tentando di ripararci sotto i cornicioni ci inzuppiamo ugualmente. Tale consapevol da consultare ,nel caso si voglia cercare di capire cosa puo’ passare per la testa ad un samurai Tale consapevolezza si applica a tutte le cose. Jun 16, Nate Meadows rated it it was amazing.

There is so much wisdom to be learned from them but also many problems with their ancient society that they are still struggling with today. Because of the film Ghost Dog I imagined Forest Whitaker’s voice reading this to me in my head the entire time.

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Nov 12, Ali Reda rated it liked it Shelves: The Way of the Samurai is in the death of his ego, so he selflessly lives a life that embraces death with honor. So deals with the transcendental area including both life and death. If man considers himself dead, he will live his life in complete peace. Accepting Death is the only way to be free The Way of the Samurai is found in death.

It is not particularly difficult. Be determined and advance. To say that dying without reachin The Way of the Samurai is in the death of his ego, so he selflessly lives a life that embraces death with honor. To say that dying without reaching one’s aim is to die a dog’s death is the frivolous way of sophisticates.

When pressed with the choice of life or death, it is not necessary to gain one’s aim. We all want to live. And in large part we make our logic according to what we like. But not having attained our aim and continuing to live is cowardice. This is a thin dangerous line.

To die without gaining one’s aim is a dog’s death and fanaticism. But there is no shame in this. This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai. If by setting one’s heart right every morning and evening, one is able to live as though his body were already dead, he gains freedom in the Way.

His whole life will be without blame, and he will succeed in his calling. Be always prepared, you may not have time Although all things are not to be judged in this manner, I mention it in the investigation of the Way of the Samurai. When the time comes, there is no moment for reasoning. And if you have not done your inquiring beforehandthere is most often shame. Reading books and hagxkure to people’s talk are for the purpose of prior resolution.

Above all, the Way of the Samurai should be in being aware that you do not know what is going to happen next, and in querying every item day and night. Victory and defeat are matters of the temporary force of circumstances. A person who knows but a little will put on an air wilsln knowledge. This is a matter of inexperience. When someone uagakure something well, it will not be seen in his manner. Live in the moment and free your mind from anything else.

There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man’s whole life is a succession of moment after moment. If one fully understands the present moment, there will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment. To be of good use to the master.