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Hegakure: The Book of the Samurai

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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: it is a collection of thoughts and sayings recorded over a period of seven years, and as such covers a wide variety of subjects, often in no particular sequence.

The work represents an attitude far removed from our modern pragmatism and materialism, and posesses 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 300 selections that constitute the core texts of the 1,300 present in the original.

Review:

"A classic of Japanese thought....Poetic, robust...a feast of aphorisms and martial anecdotes." New York Review of Books

Review:

"Hagakure became a kind of magical discovery for me, and 'hidden under its leaves' were some important gifts." Jim Jarmusch

Review:

"A fascinating glimpse into another place and time." Library Journal

Synopsis:

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: it is a collection of thoughts and sayings recorded over a period of seven years, and as such covers a wide variety of subjects, often in no particular sequence.

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 300 selections that constitute the core texts of the 1,300 present in the original.

Hagakure was featured prominently in the film Ghost Dog, by Jim Jarmusch.

Synopsis:

Written during the Kyoto renaissance, this is a series of brief anecdotes and reflections offering both insight and instruction in the true spirit of Bushido.

About the Author

YAMAMOTO TSUNETOMO [1659-1719] was a samurai retainer of the Nabeshima Clan, Lords of Hizen province, who became a Buddhist monk in 1700 after the Shogunate government prohibited the practice of tsuifuku: suicide of a retainer on the death of his lord. The book was dictated to a younger samurai during the author's seclusion over a seven year period.

WILLIAM SCOTT WILSON, the translator, was born in 1944 and grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As an undergraduate student at Dartmouth College in 1966, he was invited by a friend to join a three-month kayak trip up the coast of Japan from Shimonoseki to Tokyo. This eye-opening journey, beautifully documented in National Geographic, spurred Wilson's fascination with the culture and history of Japan.

After receiving a B.A. degree in political science from Dartmouth, Wilson earned a second B.A. in Japanese language and literature from the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies in Monterey, California, then undertook extensive research on Edo-period (1603-1868) philosophy at the Aichi Prefectural University, in Nagoya, Japan.

Wilson completed his first translation, Hagakure, while living in an old farmhouse deep in the Japanese countryside. Hagakure saw publication in 1979, the same year Wilson completed an M.A. in Japanese language and literature at the University of Washington. Wilson's other translations include The Book of Five Rings, The Life-Giving Sword, The Unfettered Mind, the Eiji Yoshikawa novel Taiko, and Ideals of the Samurai, which has been used as a college textbook on Japanese history and thought. Two decades after its initial publication, Hagakure was prominently featured in the Jim Jarmusch film Ghost Dog.

Wilson currently lives in Miami, Florida.

Product Details

ISBN:
9784770029164
Subtitle:
The Book of the Samauri
Translator:
Wilson, William Scott
Author:
null, Yamamoto
Author:
Tsunetomo, Yamamoto
Author:
null, William Scott
Author:
Wilson, William Scott
Publisher:
Kodansha USA
Location:
Tokyo
Subject:
Martial Arts & Self-Defense
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Travel/Sports
Subject:
Recreation | Sports | Martial Arts
Subject:
Travel, Sports, and Recreation | Sports | Martial Arts
Subject:
Travel, Sports, & Recreation | Sports | Martial Arts
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
7
Series Volume:
no. 17.
Publication Date:
20020830
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
halftones and line drawings, 8 pp color
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.48x5.52x.73 in. .76 lbs.

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Product details 192 pages Kodansha International (JPN) - English 9784770029164 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A classic of Japanese thought....Poetic, robust...a feast of aphorisms and martial anecdotes."
"Review" by , "Hagakure became a kind of magical discovery for me, and 'hidden under its leaves' were some important gifts."
"Review" by , "A fascinating glimpse into another place and time."
"Synopsis" by , 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: it is a collection of thoughts and sayings recorded over a period of seven years, and as such covers a wide variety of subjects, often in no particular sequence.

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 300 selections that constitute the core texts of the 1,300 present in the original.

Hagakure was featured prominently in the film Ghost Dog, by Jim Jarmusch.

"Synopsis" by , Written during the Kyoto renaissance, this is a series of brief anecdotes and reflections offering both insight and instruction in the true spirit of Bushido.
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