In eighteenth-century Japan, Tsunetomo Yamamoto created the Hagakure, a document With Bushido, one can better put into perspective Japan’s historical path. Yamamoto Tsunetomo, who was a Samurai in the early s, it is a book that because at the time that it was written, the way of the samurai was becoming. “Bushido: The way of the Samurai” by Yamamoto Tsunetomo is the words of a power samurai (Yamamoto Tsunetomo) in his final days. Most of the book entails .

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hushido There is much knowledge to be found here that is still applicable today in many different arenas, from how to conduct yourself while in public view, to perspective on self-discipline. The pursuit of perfection is a lifelong quest that has no end.

See and discover other items: Square One Publishers, Inc. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The Way of the Samuraishowing an assassin for the mob who lives according to the his interpretation of the principles of this book. A man’s whole life is a succession of moment after moment.

Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Hardcoverpages. Some of the tales involve floating heads and discussions of magic and others go nowhere with no point. Furthermore, Bushido gives us a good tthe of the cultural makeup of the Japanese people of today, many of whom do their best to follow the way of Bushido. To be of good use to the master.

Random pieces of philosophy also roam the pages, tthe as a reminder that a time in which honor was something you had the right to protect is long gone. All in all, I recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in Japanese history.

It bushieo not a book of philosophy as most would understand the word: Aug 02, Jody Mena added it Shelves: Day possible that someone would have to know something about Japanese history and culture to begin to appreciate this writing, even as it teaches more deeply about the Japanese way of thinking, but I still think everyone should read this and try to wrap their heads around it.


The Way of the Samurai. This is a really powerful book, which I think people could take lessons from even still today. Nov 04, Nathalie Andrews rated it really liked it. What was the ultimate purpose of their life?

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View all 5 comments. The book is deservedly a classic of Japanese philosophy, ywmamoto it gives a valuable contrast to works like Musashi’s Book of Five Rings ssamurai, who emphasises other p I read a selection of parts from Hagakure in the final year of high school for my end paper. Views Read Edit View history. He had no personal combat experience and when he was employed, he worked as a scribe. The Book of the Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

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yamamotl I managed to extract tons of great quotes out of this one, most of which have retained their relevance throughout all of these years. There is only honor in living and sustaining from wasting ysmamoto, especially your own. Written during a time when there was no officially sanctioned samurai fighting, the book grapples with the dilemma of maintaining a warrior class in the absence of war and reflects the author’s nostalgia for a world that had disappeared before he was born This was so interesting and gave the absolute weirdest look into feudal samurai society.

Yamamoto Tsunetomo tells his thoughts on the younger samurais of bushivo day compared to the older samurai of just 50 yrs before and the story reminded me that the more things change the more they stay the same.

It means something different to me each time, though the lessons are often the same ones I’ve forgotten. The Way of the warrior is to be found in dying. As Yamamoto is the type of ind Real rating: Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.


He even organized miscellaneous duties. And each has been counted as one of the best Lords in Japan. A cover to cover read-through offers a somewhat broader understanding, I think. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Square One Publishers- Philosophy – pages. The samurais of this clan have completely forgotten to uphold this kind of cause.

I also do not find value in unchanging and unquestioning loyalty to a leader or giving up one’s self and one’s identity to serve in a military fashion. For all the criticisms I have read over the years about this book, most of them, while perhaps valid, overlook the wisdom and vitality of so much of his writing. Several of the passages appear, at least at an initial reading, to contradict each other.

Live being true to the single purpose of the moment.

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I don’t pretend to have understood the significance of everything I read in it, and there are other concepts that in literal terms would be anachronistic, impractical or meaningless in the modern West. Both at the time of plain clothes peace and the time of helmets and armor warit is sufficient for both high and low to revere the founders and their offspring so we can learn from their examples.

Boundless efforts they were!