- Hardcover: 98 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; New edition edition (22 Sept. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804831904
- ISBN-13: 978-0804831901
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke.: A Contemporary Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke Hardcover – 22 Sep 1999
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A powerful contemporary translation of the classic treatise of the Way of the Warrior!
Code of the Samurai is a four-hundred-year-old explication of the rules and expectations embodied in bushido, the Japanese Way of the Warrior. bushido has played a major role in shaping the behavior of modern Japanese government, corporations, society, and individuals, as well as in shaping modern Japanese martial arts within Japan and internationally. The Japanese original of this book, bushido Shoshinshu, (bushido for beginners), has been one of the primary sources on the tenets of bushido, a way of thought that remains fascinating and relevant to the modern world, East and West. This handbook, written after five hundred years of military rule in Japan, was composed to provide practical and moral instruction for warriors, correcting wayward tendancies and outlining the personal, social, and professional standards of conduct characteristic of bushido, the Japanese chivalric tradition.
With a clear, conversational narrative by Thomas Cleary, one of the foremost translators of the wisdom of Asia, and powerfully evocative line drawings by master illustrator Oscar Ratti, this book is indispensable to the corporate executive, student of the Asian Culture, martial artist, those interested in Eastern philosophy or military strategy, as well as for those simply interested in Japan and its people.
A 400-year-old explication of the rules and expectations embodied in Bushido, the Japanese way of the warrior. Bushido has played a major role in shaping modern Japanese society and the modern martial arts in Japan and internationally.See all Product Description
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ONE WHO IS SUPPOSED to be a warrior considers if his foremost concern to keep death in mind at all times, every day and every night, from the morning of New Year's Day though the night of New Year's Eve. Read the first page
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This subject is still relatively new to me & there appear to be several different versions of the Bushido around (?). This one by Daidôji Yûzan appeared between 1639 - 1730, which is some years before the one that draws the main amount of interest and my question is who's copying who?
This one seems to be more complete & covers a wider range of subjects that the "other" version by Tsunetomo Yamamoto, sometimes referred to as the "Hagakure". Tsunetomo was born some 20 years after Daidôji & lived between 1659 - 1719.
This book is presented in 44 short treatises about the proper way a Samurai should live & conduct himself. Whether or not some of these duties have been grouped together I can't yet say, however, either copy of the book are fantastically insightful & interesting.
There is another & later copy of this book by William Scott Wilson called "Budoshoshinshu: The Warrior's Primer of Daidoji Yuzan (Literary Links to the Orient)" in which he lists 56 such duties of a Samurai.
A great translation which must have been difficult for the authors & a fairly easy read. Although the subject is a little dry it's not at all heavy & would be enjoyed & very useful to anyone practicing any form of [traditional] martial art.
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If you want to learn a bit more of the samurai code it's great reading. Read it in 2 days.Published on 24 July 2013 by Eng Filipe Antunes
An informative read, full of info. Worth a read. It arrived promptly and in good quality. . . . .Published on 9 April 2013 by John
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