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Hagakure: 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 sa ...more
Hardcover, 179 pages
Published August 30th 2002 by Kodansha (first published 1716)
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Abby
Jun 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
فؤاد
یاماموتو چونه تومو
ياماموتو چونه تومو، يك سامورايى كهنه كار، پس از مردن اميرش، مى خواهد به سنت سامورايى ها، دست به سپوکه بزند 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. مجموعۀ اين گزين گويه ها، ك
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Chance
Nov 02, 2008 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
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Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
Hagakure (Kyūjitai: 葉隱; Shinjitai: 葉隠; meaning Hidden by the Leaves or hidden leaves),[1] or Hagakure Kikigaki (葉隠聞書) is a practical and spiritual guide for a warrior, drawn from a collection of commentaries by the clerk Yamamoto Tsunetomo, former retainer to Nabeshima Mitsushige, the third ruler of what is now Saga Prefecture in Japan. Tashiro Tsuramoto (ja) compiled these commentaries from his conversations with Tsunetomo from 1709 to 1716; however, it was not published until many years afterw ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai, Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Hagakure was largely forgotten for two centuries after its composition, but it came to be viewed as the definitive guide of the samurai during the Pacific War. Hagakure is also known as The Book of the Samurai, Analects of Nabeshima or Hagakure Analects.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1993 میلادی
عنوان: راه و رسم سامورایی: آیین نامه سلحشوران ژاپن (هاگاکوره)؛ نویسنده: یاماموتو تسونه تومو؛ مترجم: هاشم رجب زاده؛ مشهد، آستان قدس، 1371؛ در 192 ص، مصور؛ چاپ
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Jon Nakapalau
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The best exposition on bushido I have ever read.
Aaron
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
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LW
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: made-in-japan
da consultare ,nel caso si voglia cercare di capire cosa puo' passare per la testa ad un samurai...
(o ronin che sia)
che poi è questo,fondamentalmente :
Kezuke no Kubi
:)

si può imparare qualcosa da un temporale. Quando un acquazzone ci sorprende,
cerchiamo di non bagnarci affrettando il passo, ma anche tentando di ripararci sotto
i cornicioni ci inzuppiamo ugualmente. Se invece, sin dal principio, accettiamo di bagnarci
eviteremo ogni incertezza e non per questo ci bagneremo di più. Tale consapevol
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مجید اسطیری
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اگر کسی بگوید شرط سامورایی بودن در یک کلام چیست، باید گفت اساس آن سر سپردن در راه امیر است. و اگر کسی بازپرسد پس از آن چه، باید گفت بالاتر از هر چیز آن است که سامورایی در جان خویش، خرد، انسانیت و شجاعت داشته باشد. داشتن این سه فضيلت شاید برای مردم عادی دور از دسترس به نظر آید، اما برای سامورایی سهل است. خرد چیزی نیست جز در میان گذاشتن امور با دیگران، حکمت بی پایان از همین نشئت می گیرد. انسانیت حاصل کار کردن برای دیگران و رنج بردن برای آنان و ارجح دانستن آنان است. شجاعت یعنی دندان های خویش را به
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Nate Meadows
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"After reading a few books such as this one, I feel I am starting to have an understanding of Japanese heritage and history. There is so much wisdom to be learned from them but also many problems with their ancient society that they are still struggling with today. NOTE: Because of the film Ghost Dog I imagined Forest Whitaker's voice reading this to me in my head the entire time."
Hesam Ghaeminejad
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اولین بار اسم هاگاکوره یا بوشیدو در اوایل سال ۲۰۰۰ در هنگام تماشای اثر تحسین برانگیز جیم جارموش بنام «گوست داگ: طریقت سامورایی» به گوشم خورد، شخصیت اصلی پس از انجام هر عملی بخش از این گزین گویی ها رو میخوند و چنان مجذوب شخصیت گوست داگ با بازی فارست ویتاکر شده بودم که خوندن کتاب هاگاکوره برام تبدیل به راهی برای دست یابی روش سامورایی شده بود


درمورد کتاب باید گفت این اثر حاصل مصاحبت هفت ساله ی یاماموتوچونه تومو پیر و تاشیرو چوراموتو جوان بود و لحن نصیحت گرانه و خاطره گوی چونه تومو در آن هویداست؛ بخش
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Paria
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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ین کتاب آیین ها و سنت های سامورایی های اهل ژاپن از زبان یک سامورایی به نام چونه تومو هستش. این موضوعات در قالب متن های کوتاه و مینیمالیسیتی گنجونده شدن و درمورد موضوعات متفاوتی مثل مرگ، وفاداری، اطاعت بی چون و چرا از امیر، شجاعت و بی پروا بودن و ... هستن.

اسم کتاب واسم خیلی خیلی وسوسه انگیز بود و مشتاق بودم که این کتابو بخونم ولی متاسفانه اصلا مطابق تصوراتم نبود و در کل چندان جذاب نبود واسم. 
Mission Blue
صادقانه، رک و صریح بگم: کتاب رو دوست نداشتم. بعد از خوندن هنر رزم و لذت بردن از اون، بنا بر توصیه ی یکی از دوستان توی ریویوشون(فکر می کنم آقای فواد بودن) تصمیم گرفتم این کتاب رو هم بخونم تا بتونم مقایسه ای داشته باشم ازش با کتاب هنر رزم. چیزی که باهاش مواجه شدم دنباله ای کشدار و طولانی بود از جملات قصاری که به شدت تاریخ انقضا داشتن! گمون نمی کنم بعد از گذشت سیصد سال از زمان نگاشته شدن این کتاب کسی بتونه این کتاب رو بخونه و آموزه هاش رو به کار ببنده.
البته فکر می کنم با پس زمینه ی ذهنی اشتباهی رف
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Ali Reda
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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Barney
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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Chiara
Apr 30, 2011 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
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مهسا
Sep 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب برای من نبود
احساس بدی دارم از اینکه آگاهانه وقت تلف کردم
Reza Gharibi
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اين نوع نظام فكري و نظام رفتاري شون برام جذابيت فوق العاده زيادي داشت.
Amir
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eastern-lands
مایلم از دو بعد این کتاب را ارزش گذاری کنم . اول محتوای آن به عنوان یک سند تاریخی که بیانگر ارزشها در ژاپن باستان است که ما را
در پژوهش های تاریخی مان یاری میدهد ؛ دوم محتوای آن به عنوان فلسفه ای برای زندگی در جهان امروز .
بدون هیچ بحثی این کتاب از بعد اول فوق العاده ارزشمند است.
اما بعد دوم...
اگرچه فکر کردن مداوم به مرگ میتواند مفید باشد (از این جهت که به زندگی معنا ببخشد) ، اما به شکلی که در این کتاب بیان شده واقعا فاجعه بار است چرا که نه تنها به زندگی معنایی نداده بلکه آن را کاملا بی ارزش و بی
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Ramin Azodi
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ژاپن
هاگاکوره بیان دقیق و روشنی از طریقت سامورایی نیست. اما بدون شک در معرفی این طریقت به صورت حکایت‌وار، مختصر و مفید، موفق بوده است.
برای من" مثال‌های خلاقانه‌ای که در ضمن پند‌های اخلاقی‌اش می‌آورد خیلی جالب بود و همچنین تاکید همیشگی‌اش بر مرگ گریز ناپذیر و به قول خودش،" خود را همواره چون مرده انگاشتن
فصل هفت و هشت "برای من" حوصله سر بر بود اما در دو فصل پایانی، حکایت‌ها به همان جذابیت فصول اول برگشت.
نهایتن این کتاب ممکن است باب طبع بعضی از شما نباشد خصوصن اگر با فرهنگ ژاپنی و طریقت سامورایی بیگانه
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m2hozone
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب هاگاکوره كتابى نوشته شده براساس آيين و سنت هاى سامورايى هاست كه حاصل معاشرت هفت ساله ياماموتو چونه تومو و تاشيرو چورا موتو جوان است كه لحنى نصيحت گرانه در موضوعاتى همچون:شجاعت،وفادارى،مرگ،كردار،اطاعت بى چون و چرا امير و... را درخود دارد!
در قسمت هايى از كتاب بيشتر به توضيحات مسائل آيين سامورايى ها همچون سپوكه و هاراكيرى (-كه خودكشى تشريفاتى ژاپنى ها با روش دريدن شكم است-) تخصيص داده شده!
اين كتاب براى عامه پسند نخواهد بود!اما براى كسانيكه به فرهنگ ژاپن و فلسفه سامورايى علاقه دارند قطعا كتابى
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H
Jun 04, 2009 added it
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
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Hadis
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorits
کتاب رو از نظرات دوستان برای خوندن انتخاب کردم و واقعا خوشحالم از این بابت
هاگاکوره به معنای پنهان شده میان برگ ها راهنمای عملی و روحانی برای سامورایی هاست که سال ۱۷۰۰ میلادی از گفته های نویسنده گردآوری شده
Víctor
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, philosophy
"El samurái debe obrar sin dudar, sin confesar el más mínimo cansancio ni el más mínimo desánimo hasta concluir su tarea"

Un libro que nos hace llegar, a través de anécdotas y reflexiones, el código del bushido.
Recomiendo su lectura a todo aquel que sienta curiosidad por estos guerreros tan mitificados o que quiera conocer su pensamiento, su manera de vivir y sobre todo, su forma de afrontar la muerte.
Lostaccount
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
“It is said that even after one’s head has been cut off, he can still perform some function.”

The Hagakure, The book of the samurai, which is a kind of guidebook for Samurai, should be titled the book of the fanatic, exhorting as it does the “retainer” (a kind of Samurai personal servant) to behead as many men as possible, and to live as if one has already died.

The book is full of contradictions and non sequiturs that make it seem a bit ludicrous at times, but there’s also a fair bit of old scho
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Odile
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
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Eddie Blake
Nézzük a jó oldalát, most már többet tudok a szamurájokról! :3
Elena Druță
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Mi-au plăcut lecțiile naratorului şi perspectiva sa în privința vieții unui samurai, a legilor (nescrise) pe care trebuie sã le urmeze şi viziunea asupra familiei, stăpânului şi a purității spiritului.
P.H. Wilson
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Real rating: 5/10
The Prince or either Art of War, the Hagakure is not. There is no brilliant strategist lying behind these words, this is of the author's own admission. All he has is fealty and he goes out of his way to prove that is all that matters. He bemoans skills and wit, cleverness and intelligence, art and cunning. He condemns any notion of thought or planning as is shown when he derides the still celebrated 47 ronin, for not attempting their attack sooner. As Yamamoto is the type of ind
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Aug 25, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Japanese history & culture enthusiasts.
Shelves: already-read
I don't want to go into details about this book because I found I'm not ready to give my best shot at "analyzing" the Hagakure yet. But let's just say that between the two versions, that is, this one edited by Stone and the other one by Tarver, I recommend this one. But if you're really a hardcore fan in this field and wouldn't mind paying more, go for the hardcover, bi-lingual version of Wilson. That is one piece of real scholarship work! It also contains many more chapters from many more volum ...more
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"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
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Yamamoto Tsunetomo (山本 常朝), also read Yamamoto Jōchō (June 11, 1659 – November 30, 1719), was a samurai of the Saga Domain in Hizen Province under his lord Nabeshima Mitsushige.

For thirty years Yamamoto devoted his life to the service of his lord and clan. When Nabeshima died in 1700, Yamamoto did not choose to follow his master in death in junshi because the master had expressed a dislike of the
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