Code of the Samurai has ratings and 92 reviews. Nash said: While the content of this book is the same as Budo Shoshinshu I recommended above and . Taira Shigesuke, in Bushido Shoshinshu, was the first to write on Bushido. Prior to then, bushido was a verbal understanding; it was a way of life, similar to a. The Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke has pages. Reading Length provides a calculation for the.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Code of the Samurai: Learn the ways of the Japanese Bushido Code with this very readable, modern translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu. Code of the Samurai is a four-hundred-year-old explication of the rules and expectations embodied in Bushidothe Japanese Way of the Warrior. Bushido has played a significant role in shaping the behavior of modern Japanese government, corporations, society, an Learn the ways of the Japanese Bushido Code with this very readable, modern translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu.
Bushido buehido played a significant role in shaping the behavior of modern Japanese government, corporations, society, and individuals, as well as in developing modern Japanese martial arts within Japan and internationally.
The Japanese original of this shohsinshu, Bushido ShoshinshuBushido for Beginnershas been one of the primary sources on the tenets ahoshinshu Bushidoa way of thought that remains fascinating and relevant to the modern world, East and West. This handbook, written after five hundred years of military rule in Japan, was composed to provide practical and moral instruction for warriors, correcting wayward tendencies and outlining the personal, social, and professional standards of conduct characteristic of Bushidothe Japanese chivalric tradition.
With a bright, conversational narrative by Thomas Clear,y and powerfully evocative line drawings by master illustrator Oscar Ratti, this book is indispensable to corporate executives, students of Asian Culture, martial artists, or anyone sincerely interested in Japan and its people. Bushidpages. Bushiddo September 15th by Tuttle Publishing first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Aug 25, Nash rated it liked it Recommends it for: Japanese history and culture enthusiasts. While the content of this book is the same as “Budo Shoshinshu” I recommended above and I prefer the other translation, this one was the first book I ran into and got me very interested to use it as the primary focus for my dissertation. I agree with the official web site of Columbia University’s Bushido Page that did a review on all three translation of the same book, Budo Shoshinshu, that the version by William Scott Wilson is perhaps the most comprehensive.
Well, it over-simplifies things. Wilson is more practical and realistic. He invites us to “think” and contemplate along as we read. However, you will likely find this version by Thomas Cleary on sales everywhere more than Wilson’s at bookstores near you because it’s a more recent translation than Wilson’s.
Apr 28, Professor rated it really liked it Shelves: The Code of the Samurai is an example of one of the staples of literature since ancient times: Sure, we like to think of that as a modern phenomena, but most literate societies have produced a book that tells you how to live, and feudal Japan was no different.
This particular example is aimed at the young samurai, and attempts to instill in its reader good habits by first offering up advice on the mindset that is required of the samurai, then offering up examples of h The Code of the Samurai is an example of one of the staples of literature since ancient times: This particular example is aimed at the young samurai, and attempts to instill in its reader good habits by first offering up advice on the mindset that is required of the samurai, then offering up examples of how not following the author’s advice can end badly.
Everything from family relations to day-to-day activities are covered, albeit briefly, as the book is a slim 98 pages long. The translator, Thomas F. Cleary, does not seem to have abridged the text, but he definitely gives it a modern slant, which can be seen as a good or bad thing depending on your aim in reading the book.
As I read it out of curiosity, but as I was more interested in it from a historical perspective than a “personal development” one, I would have preferred a less modernized translation. Still, it’s a quick, occasionally thought provoking read, both on a personal and historical level I especially enjoyed seeing that, once again, that our ancestors were always better than us that’s worth a look if you’re at all interested in samurai, Japanese martial arts, or Japanese history.
Interesting and fairly short treatise on the expected behaviour for Samurai in 16th century Japan. I managed to read it in an afternoon well, the English translation – my Japanese is very rusty so I didn’t take much more than a casual glance at the original Japanese. The author by this time I believe was fairly elderly, which shows through in classic grumbling about young people these days.
Same story, different setting. There was no life-changing philosophy here – I learned that Samurai should Interesting and fairly short treatise on the expected behaviour for Samurai in 16th century Japan. There was no life-changing philosophy here – I learned that Samurai shouldn’t beat their wives, shouldn’t make their masters look bad, and should spend their free time productively rather than wining and womanising. I suppose if anything this humanises the oft-mythologised Samurai warrior.
In the days of the Samurai, if a warrior lived long enough to retire, they wrote what they learned down for future generations to learn from. They wrote for the youth just starting out. This is one of those books, a primer of how to act – from waking up, going thru the day, and going to sleep. In many cases these books were a kind of “gentlemans primer”. Apr 21, Gimo Zangana rated it it was amazing. It gives you a nice guide of life rules to follow, with the purpose of better’ing yourself.
Apr 24, Sean Morlan added it.
The Code of the Samurai translated by Thomas Cleary summarized is a book that ancient samurais lived by. Today it is used by executives, military leaders, and politicians to them to success. It discusses moral duty, honor to your family and bosses, leadership, and daily life.
As being over years old it has some outdated terms but never outdated ideas. In the first chapter of the book it explains shoshinehu to keep death always in mind.
To me, this seemed preposterous because you would worry yourself The Code of the Samurai translated by Thomas Cleary summarized is a book that ancient samurais lived by. To me, this seemed preposterous because you would worry yourself to death. However it states if you always keep death in mind you do not waste away your life, your money, or you objectives in life. You won’t worry whats going to happen next, therefore living in the current time. Another chapter in the book that is explained quite specifically is how to act.
It quotes “Always on the battlefield Therefore it says to do this so you do not create a hypocritical image of yourself. Although it is years old the laws and regulations and teachings in this book are still used today. This book can clearly be used to teach hsoshinshu inform new or potential leaders to create a division between personal and work life.
Also to shape modern government and base their teachings off highly moralized life. Apr 18, Sylvan Clarke rated it it was amazing. A brilliant script for living and breathing the art of the bushido through the tenets of the samurai way of life.
Each element within this book can be translated into all walks of life at home,work,business and play, it provides practical explanations for why the samurai did what they did when they did it and how this transcended into their practice of not just the physical but the psychological rationale for setting into place a course of action.
A wonderful easy to read book that really does o A brilliant script for living and breathing the art of the bushido through the tenets of the samurai way of life.
A wonderful easy to read book that really does outline the code and ethics of the samurai, a must have for the modern day thought provoking martial artist and a definite good read for business managers shosyinshu the buhido public as it outlines straight forward morals for taking ownership of our own responsibilities to our family, acquaintances, friends, colleagues and business relationships.
Feb 15, Jack rated it really liked it Shelves: A highly-moving example of excellence in self-discipline and personal honor. I felt while reading it as though I belonged in that era, and also a sense of shame at straying from certain principles I knew were right, even by slight margins, during years of experimenting with various ways of life as a young adult.
It was a pleasure to know that there were men in long ago times living out their ethos with every ounce of strength to their dying breath; I found this work to be redemptive toward my vi A highly-moving example of excellence in self-discipline and personal honor. It was a pleasure to zhoshinshu that there were men in long ago times living out their zhoshinshu with every ounce of strength to their dying breath; I found this work to be redemptive toward my view of humanity.
Nov 06, Michael Baker rated it it was amazing. Jul shoshijshu, Alfonso escamilla rated it really liked it. Jun 26, Ptakopishka rated it it was amazing. What a splendid read! Offers a very interesting peep into the lives of 17th century Japanese warriors and the society and cultural norms in general, which is helpful shoshjnshu understanding modern Japan as well. Awesome chapters like “Dying Honourably”, “Horsemanship” and “Modesty” are peppered with age-old wisdom, such as: Jan 08, Maria rated it liked it.
It was an interesting read about the samurai code.
Warriors are to keep death in mind at all times, every day and every night from morning of New Year’s Day through the night of New Year’s Eve. And why would that be It helps us to realize that bjshido here today is not certain on the morrow.
This helps us to have a greater sens of our duties. It will help us to be more loyal to our work and our parents. It will help us be mindful of our eating habits therefore having health. You become less desirou It was an interesting read about the samurai code.
You become less desirous of things because you know this life is temporary. Interesting and somewhat true. Aug 21, Lindsey rated it really liked it Shelves: Though it can be read fairly quickly, the principles herein bear a need for a second read, I think. Interesting things to consider.