Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
A lot of people seem to read it assuming that it's some sort of rule book that the samurai class carried around in their kimonos so as to follow its writings without err.
This is not the case. The book was written after 100 years of peace in Japan, when the samurai class was transforming into an administrative class.
Yes, that's right -- the author was some pencil-pusher for the state.
This doesn't mean it isn't an interesting book. Thinki...more
A samurai's journal of anecdotes and aphorisms I've been rereading for years. It means something different to me each time, though the lessons are often the same ones I've forgotten. It's amazing how these lessons apply themselves to whatever my life is...more
I think Tsunetomo was a bit extreme even for a samurai. In "Act now! Contemplate later." sort of way. Or maybe he was bitter. After all he stayed alive while samurais most important goal and duty is to die. At least according to him.
The "real" Japan of samurai was long past when Tsunetomo blurted out his visions. Tsunetomo maybe was one of the most hard core samurais that still existed in that time so let's give him some slack. A...more
«هاگاکوره کتاب سامورایی» نوشته «یاماموتو چونه تومو» با ترجمه «سید رضا حسینی» از روی ترجمه انگلیسی آن، توسط انتشارات چشمه به چاپ رسیده است، چاپ اول در بهار 1389 و چاپ دوم در بهار1390 انجام شده که استقبال خوبی را به همراه داشته است.
به گزارش هنرنیوز، «هاگاکوره» به معنای «پوشیده با برگها» و یا «برگ های پوشیده»، عنوان کتابی است که در 1716 از نگارش گفته های «چونه تومو» پدید آمد و شامل آیین ها و طریقت سامورایی های ژاپن است.
بعد از مرگ «نابشیما میتسوشیگه» امیر منطقه ای در ژاپن، به دلیل اینکه خودکشی آیی...more
The ersatz way of the samurai can still touch you, with stories that make you laugh and impress you. Random pieces of philosophy also roam the pages, serving as a reminder that a time in which honor was something you had the right to protect is long gone. While not everyone may agree that the Hagaku...more
Death is considered the only very important thought, around which everything else must dance in one's life. Death is our ultimate destination, and everything must be done in view of that unavoidable event. I can agree, but I cannot wholly share the attitude of a Samurai about it, since I believe I can leave more seeds and fruits through my life than through my death. I can teach a lot with t...more
This book answers to all of these questions and more.
I managed to extract tons of great quotes out of this one, most of which have retained their relevance throughout all of these years. However, it IS impossible to keep up with the names (even in the same story), especially in the later, anecdote filled chapters derived from the writer's memory and circulating rumors and stories.
Also, this book might not appeal to the faint-...more
- Ho scoperto che la via del samurai è la morte. Quando sopraggiunge una crisi, davanti al dilemma tra vita o morte, è necessario scegliere subito la seconda. Non è difficile: basta semplicemente armarsi di coraggio e agire. Alcuni dicono che morire senza aver portato a termine la propria missione equivale a morire invano. Questa è la logica dei mercanti gonfi
d’orgoglio che tiranneggiano Osaka ed è solo un calcolo fallace, un’imitazione grottesca dell’etica dei samurai.
E’ quasi impossibile compi...more
The book is deservedly a classic of Japanese philosophy, and it gives a valuable contrast to works like Musashi's Book of Five Rings, who emphasises other p...more
"It is a mistake to put forth effort and obtain some understanding and then stop at that. At first putting forth great effort to be sure that you have grasped the basics, then practicing so that...more
It beats Marcus Auralius hands down (neck severed).
Favourite quotes: Human life is truly a short affair. It is better to live doing the things that you like. It is foolish to live within this dream of a world seeing unpleasantess and doing only things that you do not like. But it is important never...more
Worth the read if you're looking for fun facts and snippets of a Samurai's way of life, but not quite the handbook I was expecting. It feels very medieval...more
If so, you've found the book you are looking for. This is a steamy pile, so bring some fresh gloves. If your black belt instructor is making you read this, hit him (or her) in the knee with it and ask for your money back. This is a prime example of how something awful can be made uniquely te...more
The book was written in short thoughts and anecdotes, this combination gives the reader a look into not only the mind of the samurai but it also helps the reader understand the times and the culture of the samurai.
As one would expect there are many thoughts and stories about what death and honor meant to the samurai. But it also c...more
"The Book of the Samurai" contains 300 selections (from over 1,300) from "Hagakure," as translated by William Scott Wils...more
This book was popularized in the film Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, showing an assassin for the mob who lives according to the his interpretation of the principles of this book. That is how I first came across the book, and since then the book has been a central part of my life.
The book is some 300 excerpts from a total of about 1,300 dictated to Yamamoto's attendant over the course of 7 years, between 1710 and 1716. Yamamoto was a samurai born some 60...more
risen from it, not to mention WWII should read this
book, or at least read it on-line as it's available
in it's entirety on several sites.
Those who have seen the film Ghost Dog will have already
'read' the best quotes from the book, as there are some
delightfully quirky quotes in there.
Personally what I find most distasteful about hagakure
is that it is negatively Confucian. The Samurai's be all
Я не считаю что данные древние учения помогут воспитать великих людей, так как эти учения очен...more
"When faced with a crisis, if one puts some spittle on his earlobe and exhales deeply through his nose, he will overcome anything at hand. This is a secret matter. Furthermore, when experiencing a rush of blood to the head, if one puts spittle on the upper part of one's ear, it will soon go away."