Hagakure: Selections: The Way 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
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 ...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
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 ...more
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 ...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
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
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
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
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 ...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
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
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 ...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
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 ...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
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