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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The Japanese release also has some songs not in the film. I read Hagakure in after becoming a Blackbelt in Eskrima. This work provides a powerful message aimed at the mind and spirit of the samurai warrior. Than he might change his mind – or commit seppuku: The film was nominated for a few samuraj but did not win any of them.

Reading this compendium of tales of a faithful and devoted samurai provides a unique insight into the nature of samurai service and its role hagakuer Japanese history and society until today” The wording is also slightly different, likely due to different source materials.

This is a thin dangerous line. There are many things in the book for the reader to think about and several may be a bit difficult for people of modern times to understand, like the fact that by the age of 15 a samurai was expected to go to where hagakuer condemned prisoners are kept and practice decapitation.

Nov 08, Lostaccount rated it liked it. 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.

When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. 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 hagakurw modern world.


This no doubt has aided To begin with it is not for everyone.

I’ve grown to like this book so much that I have my copy in my backpack at all times on campus. This hagakre was last edited on 22 Decemberat The Way of the Samurai Theatrical release poster.

The Hagakure is samurajja the way of the Samurai, it is a book on blinded loyalty, that the author thought all beings should exhibit and it is not surprising that this work was not widely know until the ‘s when emperor Hirohito was starting to need soldiers with undying loyalty who would willing kill themselves for his cause.

Full of useful anecdotes and life advice for people interested in strengthening their resolve, looking for direction, or surprisingly confidence building. Books by Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo

So deals with the transcendental area including both life and death. Project Page Feedback Known Problems. Its alright but its probably not like what you think it I’ll be like. If one is faced with two options of life or death, simply settle for death. The book is some excerpts from a total of about 1, dictated to Yamamoto’s attendant over the course of 7 years, between and This is a matter of inexperience.

Yamamoto, Tsunetomo 1659-1719

Bushido is the first English translation of the Hagakure. In Japan, unlike China, that sentiment is taken to its logical conclusion by insisting on purification through death. Toggle Dropdown Advanced Search.

Good or bad fortunes are matters of fate. Used books to buy next Ritual suicide to avoid bringing shame to oneself or one’s family puts to much importance on the “honor” concept, and actually seems selfish to me.

The book is very much about loyalty–so much so that it is bound to conflict with modern and especially American views of independence, bootstrapping, etc. Now, I picked up this illustrated hardcover copy in Dutch, which will make for a nice reference.


Many of the anecdotes offer lessons in virtue that puy be universally applied. It would be very possible to dip in and out of this book and take a great deal of haakure in reading it as something of a curiosity, offering a glimpse into another culture.

I don’t pretend to have understood the significance of everything I read in it, and there are other concepts that in literal te This is a really powerful book, which I think people could take lessons from even still today. Review to come soon!

Wilson is American, and Bennett is a New Zealander: It is simply death. For example a selection from the 7th Chapter: It reads more like a collection of short stories or morality tales, interspersed at times with axioms.

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.

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I can teach a lot with the way I approach death, of course, but I don’t believe everything about me is decided in that one moment. View all 15 comments. Ghost Dog does not understand French and Raymond does not understand English but the two seem to understand each other. One of the things that really made me stop and think; loyalty equals sincerity.

Mar 04, P. This embracing of death with honor and courage is the core theme of “Hagakure”–and part of its allure.

The Hagakure: Yamamoto Tsunetomo

A heavy hardcover, pages adorned with coloured natural patterns, and loads of beautiful japanese art and photography. CD Audiobook 0 editions.

Also an over-obsession with ritual suicide throughout. With discussions on the fact that love untold is the greatest love and that one should only conduct “male love”, as it is put, when one has devoted more than five years.