- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Square One Publishers; Tra edition (16 May 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0757000266
- ISBN-13: 978-0757000263
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bushido: The Way of the Samurai (Square One Classics) Paperback – 16 May 2002
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In the sixteenth-century Japan, Tsunetomo Yamamoto created the Hagakure which was secretly circulated among the "awakened" samurai-the samurai elite. In 1906, the book was first made available to the general Japanese public and, until 1945, its guiding principles greatly influenced the Japanese ruling class - particularly those individuals in military power. However, the spirit of the Hagakure touched a deeper nerve in Japanese society. It was this book that shaped the underlying character of the Japanese psyche, from businessmen to politicians, from students so soldiers. BUSHIDO: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI is the first English translation of the Hagakure. From its opening line, "I have found the essence of Bushido: to die!" this work provides a powerful message aimed at the spirit, body and mind of the samurai warrior. It offers beliefs that are difficult for the Western mind to embrace, yet fascinating in their pursuit of absolute service. By reading this book, one can better put into perspective the historical path that Japan has taken for the last three hundred years and gain greater insight into Japan of today.
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Despite a totally different translation, nothing is lost when you put the two books side by side and compare them to each other.
An earlier, and I think more reliable, version of the Bushi-do was written by Daidôji Yûzan called the "Budoshoshinshu: The Warrior's Primer". A translation of which can be seen by either William Scott Wilson or Thomas Cleary.
By the way, the title "Bushi-do" does not mean "Hidden behind the Leaves", that is the translation of the "Hagakure". You will easily recognise the two parts of the word: Bushi (Warrior) & do (the way) - The Way of the Warrior (or Samurai).
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