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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.
"…useful for students of the modern and classical martial arts and well worth buying."—Meik Skoss, Koryu.com
"This is a compelling, well written translation."—Lawrence Kane, author of The Little Black Book of Violence and The Way of Kata
"…a wonderful book for anyone who wants to understand the ideals behind the true warrior."—Bohdi Sanders, author of Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior
A new translation of the four-hundred year-old classic of the tenets of Bushido, the Japanese way of the warrior.
The Japanese 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 the modern martial arts within Japan and internationally. The Japanese original of this book has been one of the primary sources on the tenets of Bushido, a way of thought that remains fascinating to modern world, East and West.
About the Author
is one of the best known and most accomplished translators of the wisdom of Asia. He holds a doctorate in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. Cleary has translated Soul of the Samurai
, Samurai Wisdom
, The Art of War
and Secrets of the Japanese Art of Warfare
, as well as over 70 other titles on martial arts philosophy, Buddhism, Taoism and religion.
Oscar Ratti co-authored Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere and Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan, and was a frequent contributor of artwork and essays to major publications.