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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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  • 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)

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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.

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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.

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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 is a really interesting & enlightening read. You get a real feel for the way the mind of the Samurai worked some 400 years ago. It's miraculous & very fortunate for us that copies of such books survived that various warring periods & times of great upheaval in Japan over this time.

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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Thomas Cleary (and Scott William Wilson) appear to be the leading lights in any writing on eastern philosophy/religion; particularly here dealing with the Bushido code of the Samurai as Way of Life. Readers will also find Thomas Cleary's translations of Sun Tzu's "Art of War" (Shambhala) the best translation and also should consider all the Shambhala publications as best translations of sought after Eastern strategic classics, including "The Book of Five Rings" and Cleary's "Japanese Art of War" for overview on strategic writings in a more generalised form.
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This book could arguably be used day to day as a guide. It is informative, eye-opening and a shame that much of the basics inside are forgotten manners today in the West. Highly recommended whether for history, work or just an honest, honourable way to live.
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Dry.lost interest a third of the way through. I was expecting something more entertaining. :( but it is what it is... An old fashioned manual on Samurai etiquette
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The samurai way of life wrote out in a very basic easy way to understand. I'd recommend getting this with the Hagakure
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Excellent book on samurai code ! The first kindle book I bought
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