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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 say
Hardcover, 269 pages
Published 2004 by Szenzár Kiadó (first published 1716)
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Jun 23, 2007 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the randomness of this book. One paragraph is a about how to wear your awesome samurai hat, and the next is about the proper way to decapitate someone.
Nov 04, 2008 Chance rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It irks me that people don't know the history of this book.

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
ياماموتو چونه تومو، يك سامورايى كهنه كار، پس از مردن اميرش، مى خواهد به سنت سامورايى ها، هاراگيرى كند و خود را همراه اميرش بكشد، اما پيش از اين، همين امير فرمان مؤكد بر لغو اين سنت داده. ياماموتو، بين تبعيت از سنت و تبعيت از امير فقيد، دومى را بر مى گزيند.
از سامورايى گرى كناره مى گيرد، موها را مى تراشد و به سلك راهبى بودايى در مى آيد.
سال ها بعد، سامورايى جوانى به ياماموتو بر مى خورد و ملازم او مى شود و حكمت ها و گزين گويه هايش را ياد داشت مى كند. مجموعه ى اين گزين گويه ها، كتاب هاگاكوره را تشكيل
Tannaz Pirasteh
Dec 26, 2015 Tannaz Pirasteh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
وقتی کتاب رو میخوندم یه سری قسمتها واقعاً شگفت زده م میکرد فکر میکردم چجوری اوایل قرن 18م ینی تو سال 1710 تا 1716 چیزهای به این مدرنی جزیی از قوانین سامورایی ها حساب میشده... من از خوندن کتاب لذت بردم
در ضمن حین خوندن کتاب شایان که یکی از بچه های گودریدز هم هست ازم پرسید این همون کتابی که توی فیلم
ghost dog - jim jarmush
بود نیست؟ که دیدیم همون کتابِ موضوع جالبی بود که گفتم بد نیست بنویسم یادگاری بمونه
Ali Reda
Oct 21, 2015 Ali Reda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan
The Way of the Samurai is in the death of his ego, so he selflessly lives a life that embraces death with honor. So deals with the transcendental area including both life and death. If man considers himself dead, he will live his life in complete peace.

Accepting Death is the only way to be free

The Way of the Samurai is found in death. When it comes to either/or, there is only the quick choice of death. It is not particularly difficult. Be determined and advance. To say that dying without reachin
The definitive book of my adult life.

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
May 01, 2011 Chiara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knowing nothing about Samurai's history and/or tradition, I can take only the "philosphy" from this book.
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
Reza Gharibi
Oct 19, 2015 Reza Gharibi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اين نوع نظام فكري و نظام رفتاري شون برام جذابيت فوق العاده زيادي داشت.
Jun 04, 2009 H added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: martial
"If one dedicates these four vows to the gods and Buddhas every morning, he will have the strength of two men and will never slip backward. One must edge forward like the inchworm, bit by bit. The gods and Buddhas, too, first started with a vow."

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
Jody Mena
This is a really powerful book, which I think people could take lessons from even still today. It's 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. I don't pretend to have understood the significance of everything I read in it, and there are other concepts that in literal te ...more
Dec 22, 2011 Barney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So, want to read a book written by a mid-level clerk about samurai that never existed in his own time? A book whose message was corrupted by the militaristic rulers of Japan following the Meiji Resotoration?

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
Aug 05, 2011 Filip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How did the samurai live? What was the ultimate purpose of their life?

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-
Mar 24, 2011 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-ish, ideas
To begin with it is not for everyone. It is disjointed and quite unreadable to a person who is unfamiliar with Japanese history and culture. With this understood, however, it is an excellent read. The Hagakure, or Book of the Samurai, lets the reader into the world of 17th and 18th century Japan. Written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, well written is actually inacurate. It was passed on to a visitor of Yamamoto's, who then transcribed it. Unfortunately it comes to us incomplete. This no doubt has aided ...more
Lucas Paige
Apr 25, 2012 Lucas Paige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've grown to like this book so much that I have my copy in my backpack at all times on campus. Any free time between classes and I'll re-read a little story Tsunetomo put in to teach a certain value.
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
Jan 17, 2008 Sami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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 battle tactics and stories of battles, but through this stories a message about how to live your life better is portrayed. Like most wise samurai, Yamamoto belived that aspects that are learned in the battle field are ones that can be used to everyday life. I found this book very interesting because i am very into the whole "war verus life" phil ...more
Paul Tshagharyan
Իմ ամենասիրելի գրքերից է, որ կարողանում է կտրել իրականությունից ու տեղափոխել սամուրայների ժամանակաշրջանը, ուր հպարտությունն ու արժանապատվությունը, երդումն ու հավատարմությունը ոչ միայն դատարկ ու վերամբարձ խոսքեր չէին, այլև կյանքից թանկ էին: Ամենահետաքրքրականը, թերևս, մոտեցումն է մահվան նկատմամբ, ինչը թեմայից դուրս գտնվողներին թվում է հիվանդագնորեն թեթևամիտ ու անլուրջ... Որոշ հատվածներ՝ սամուրայների սկզբունքների և վարքի նկարագրությամբ կարող են դաժան ու անմարդկային թվալ, բայց իրենց գեղեցկությունը չ ...more
É F.K. O'Conghaile
Jun 29, 2015 É F.K. O'Conghaile rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Sexist and obsessed with suicide-as-respect. The hypocrisy of having a life vow of 'compassion' while supporting domestic violence.

There were a few good passages, which I wrote down, but even most of those are just quotes from other people. The guy is a hack, taking credit for samurai culture and history without really knowing much about it, and thus teaching me very little.

I also just have a significant problem with total devotion to a single person in a hierarchal position. Woops.

But the begin
May 09, 2012 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. While it is essentially a handbook for the code of the samurai, which would make it seem at first like a dated subject that would only interest historians and those interested in martial arts, it is similar to Miyamoto Musashi's "Book of Five Rings" in that a good amount of the views still hold true in the modern w ...more
Jun 12, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book is interesting within its context of being about one man's view on samurai in feudal Japan a hundred years after the height of the importance of samurai, and while it does have some interesting philosophical tidbits, I suppose that for me, it just doesn't have much value beyond that. I also think that perhaps I just do not find as much value in some of the philosophy of the samurai as others might, it just isn't for me. Ritual suicide to avoid bringing shame to oneself or one's f ...more
"То, что найдётся мало мужчин, которые хорошо умеют отсекать голову - это ещё одно доказательство того, что мужская храбрость ослабела."

Полезно прочесть для осознания бездны между современным западным сознанием и традиционным сознанием самураев. С точки зрения современной этики наставления о том, как следует мстить, погибать за господина и распоряжаться жизнью слуг, детей и супруг, чудовищны. И тем поразительнее смотрятся те отрывки, где описывается истинная суть Пути - идеала, несомненно, досто
Aman Mittal
Sep 17, 2014 Aman Mittal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hagaukure or 'In the Shadows of Leaves' is a powerful book with powerful words arranged in a manner of short anecdotes collected over a period of years covering a wide variety of subjects mostly providing an insight on the behaviour of a samurai (warrior). Though it is not considered as a philosophical book, as the main anecdotes are more in the form of teachings for a warrior, these basic teachings are still applicable today in different modes of life and to learn and apply these basic teaching ...more
M. Apple
Feb 19, 2015 M. Apple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This newly translated English version of one of the classics of samurai thought is the first to include a detailed description not only of the social and historical context of the Hagakure, but also to contain all parts of the first two books of the Hagakure complete with detailed footnotes. The translation is much more complete than even previous modern Japanese versions: the translator (Alexander Bennett, at Kansai University in Osaka) went directly to the existing Edo Period copies, none of w ...more
Arthur Cravan
This book surprised me. It has a great, informative introduction, that prepares you fairly well for what's to come. It then goes into the Hagakure proper... which is (to me, & probably to modern Western society) a strange & gruesome book.

There were many tales & passages in here I found admirable, inspirational, etc. & many I laughed at for their sheer cold-bloodedness. Some weren't that interesting at all, except for the glimpse into the way their world functioned. But overall, I
Miroku Nemeth
Jan 28, 2013 Miroku Nemeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting vision into the thoughts and reflections of a member of the samurai class from the 17th-18th century. Some real wisdom, some real insights, but also much that I found personally reprehensible from a social justice point-of-view (absolute obedience to one's lord to the point that one should breathe in and out the name of one's master is a sick form of idolatry and cannot be excused, nor can the class-based structure of the society). I believe in the warrior's code, and there was mu ...more
I read a selection of parts from Hagakure in the final year of high school for my end paper. Now, I picked up this illustrated hardcover copy in Dutch, which will make for a nice reference. It turns out its nearly 300 pages contain only a modest selection of the original work, so I wonder how many Hagakures are actually completely unabridged.

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
Some nice quotes, but generally just wacky.: Anyone interested in Japanese feudalism and the arts
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
and end-
The ability to discern the true meaning of a worthy commitment can be a difficult journey for the True Warrior. His life is surrounded by violence and although having the sharpest reflexes mentally, he can lack clarity. Master Samurai Yamamoto Tsunetomo gives depth and understanding to the poignant life of a Samurai who's only real commitment in life is to die honorably. "This is not a phrase that the weak mind can comprehend..." I see expressions of films & web series being thrown around by ...more
Peiman Meghrazchi

«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

Jun 18, 2012 Mitchell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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In 1700 the credited author, Yamamoto Tsunetomo was granted permission to retire and became a Buddist priest rather than disemboweling himself in sympathy with his master’s death. In 1710, a young samurai scribe, Tashiro Tsuramoto, had been released from his duties and he spent the next 7 years recording the utterances of Yamamoto. They were arranged as a book title "Hagakure."

"The Book of the Samurai" contains 300 selections (from over 1,300) from "Hagakure," as translated by William Scott Wils
Nathalie Andrews
Nov 04, 2013 Nathalie Andrews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It would be wrong to assume that this is a book of rules and etiquette for the samurai classes. It reads more like a collection of short stories or morality tales, interspersed at times with axioms. Many of the anecdotes offer lessons in virtue that might be universally applied. The meaning of others is less transparent. It would be very possible to dip in and out of this book and take a great deal of pleasure in reading it as something of a curiosity, offering a glimpse into another culture. A ...more
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Yamamoto Tsunetomo, also known as Yamamoto Jōchō, was a samurai and monk whose collection of commentaries Hagakure (also known as 葉隱, 葉隠, In the Shadow of Leaves, Analects of Nabeshima, Bushido, The Book of the Samurai, The Art of the Samurai, or The Way of the Samurai) has become in the twentieth century one of the most famous books on samurai.
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“There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. There will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment.” 171 likes
“There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you will still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything.” 130 likes
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