a film about an assassin, Ghost Dog, who follows the ways of the Samurai as outlined in the book Hagakure . I don’t want to put too many holes in you. Hagakure, simply put is a book about warrior culture. Written in Jamamoto Cunetomo () je bio samuraj-sluga iz klana Nabešima, koji je gospodario. Shōsetsu Yamamoto Tsunetomo: “hagakure” no bushidō o ikita otoko by Fuyuji to sacrifice his own life to bring them to ultimate fruition once his lord died.

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Nov 27, Evelyn Woagh rated it it was ok Shelves: This understanding extends to everything. The wording is also slightly different, likely due to different source materials.

Add to Your books. Does the Hagakure still hold merit in this day and age?

But the problem with this is that the people committing suicide in order to save face aren’t doing it from a deeply felt disgust towards life as something that makes us do terrible things just in order to survive, there is haggakure mature dialectical progression towards that realization, based on life experience and the ability to think for oneself. To begin with it is not for everyone. Habakure being true to the single purpose of the moment. Be determined and advance. Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo.


It’s seen as an inevitable piece of life that you cannot avoid. This philosophy is refreshing because it has less to do with how one thinks, and everything to do with how one acts.

Yamamoto, Tsunetomo 1659-1719

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Google Books — Loading It turns out its nearly pages contain only a modest selection of the original work, so I wonder how many Hagakure s are actually completely unabridged. Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book.

The charge to samurwja as though one is already dead, to speak few words, be polite and devoted, and to be active, strong and decisive, are excellent advice for everyone to strive for. To be filial toward my parents. Also an over-obsession with samuraa suicide throughout.

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There were a few good passages, which I wrote down, but even most of those are just quotes from other people. He bemoans skills and wit, cleverness and intelligence, art and cunning.

Yamamoto was a samurai born some 60 years into the Tokagawa era, the beginning of peace in Japan that would force the samurai class to redefine their role in society. Richard Guay Jim Jarmusch. Hagakure, simply put is a book about warrior culture.


Yamamoto Tsunetomo tells his thoughts on the younger samurais of his 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. Toggle Dropdown Advanced Search.

Wilson rated it it was ok. I recently finished reading Bellah’s study of Tokugawa religion and it complements this book well. Victory and defeat are matters of the temporary force of circumstances.

The author seems very calm, sane and without anger, and while I suspect no one would call him Enlightened, it reads without malice. AuthorBibliographic antecedentCreator. The ersatz way of the samurai can still touch you, with stories that make you laugh and impress you. Some nice quotes, but generally just wacky.: Hardcoverpages. Along with Sun Tzu’s “Art of war”, this is one of the best literary depictions of samurai day and age, proving that, while vastly different in customs and perception of life, we can still apply its timeless wisdom.

For seven years, the scribe sat and had conversations with Tsunetomo. I leave you with this: