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5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Translation?
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...
Published on 24 July 2007 by Terry Tozer

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1.0 out of 5 stars Ok. Not great
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Translation?, 24 July 2007
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Terry Tozer "TJSKA.com" (Reading & Bracknell, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 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)
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 DaidŰji YŻzan 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 DaidŰji & 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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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another excellent work from leading author of eastern philos, 15 Mar 2001
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This review is from: 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)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still as relevent today as ever, 12 Aug 2012
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Ok. Not great, 22 May 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 10 May 2014
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This review is from: 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)
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight, 24 July 2013
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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.
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, simple translation., 11 Dec 2002
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A conduct code for all the "young samurais". It's very helpfull to understand the Japanese way of thinking. Everyone can learn something from it.
The translation is in very simple english, so it's easy to focus on the moral lessons...
Only 4 stars because it's "to much Japanese". I prefer other books more universal, like "Art of War" - Sun Tsu - or "Book of the Five Rings" - Miamoto Musachi
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and interesting, 9 April 2013
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An informative read, full of info. Worth a read. It arrived promptly and in good quality. . . . .
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