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Bushido : The Way of the Samurai - Tsunetomo Yamamoto


The Way of the Samurai

By: Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Justin F. Stone (Editor), Minoru Tanaka (Translator)


Published: 1st October 2001
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In eighteenth-century Japan, Tsunetomo Yamamoto created the Hagakure, a document that served as the basis for samurai warrior behavior. Its guiding principles greatly influenced the Japanese ruling class and shaped the underlying character of the Japanese psyche, from businessmen to soldiers. Bushido is the first English translation of the Hagakure. This work provides a powerful message aimed at the mind and spirit of the samurai warrior. It offers beliefs that are difficult for the Western mind to embrace, yet fascinating in their pursuit of absolute service. With Bushido, one can better put into perspective Japan's historical path and gain greater insight into the Japan of today.

Forewordp. ix
Historical Overviewp. xiii
Transcriber's Prefacep. 3
Author's Introductionp. 5
The Essence of Bushidop. 13
Two Ways of Thinkingp. 14
Two Methods of Criticismp. 15
How to Stop Yawningp. 16
Foresight in Relationshipsp. 17
Samurais of Satori and Non-Satorip. 18
If the Water Is Clear No Fish Will Livep. 18
The Marrow of Servicep. 19
The Use of Onlookersp. 19
High Upon Highp. 20
Think Lightly on Serious Mattersp. 21
People You Can Trustp. 22
The Thinking Processp. 23
Models to Imitatep. 23
The Puppet Show Worldp. 24
Conduct at the Wine Feastp. 24
The Use of the High Spiritp. 25
Lesson From the Heavy Rainp. 25
The Winner's Spiritp. 26
Bringing Up Samurai Childrenp. 26
Arts and Craftsp. 27
Groundless Sufferingp. 28
Testing Your Friend's Loyaltyp. 28
Good and Evilp. 29
Discharging Servantsp. 29
On the Men of Learningp. 29
Burn With Mad Deathp. 30
The Samurai Superintendent Officerp. 30
Passing the First Barrierp. 31
"My Master Is Human and So Am I,"p. 32
Making Important Decisionsp. 32
The Liked and the Dislikedp. 33
Conceal Your Wisdomp. 33
Fall Seven Times and Get Up Eightp. 34
Talk to Your Inferiorsp. 34
How to Excel Above Othersp. 35
Bushido Alone Is the Wayp. 35
Honor and Wealthp. 36
On Homosexualityp. 36
How to Conduct Yourselfp. 37
Spiritual Vigorp. 37
The "Death" of Yamamotop. 38
The Samurai Ideal of the Handsome Manp. 38
Consulting Othersp. 39
Under Fortyp. 40
How to Acquire Talented Peoplep. 40
Expressing the Spiritp. 41
Giving and Receiving Advicep. 41
Accomplishment in the Arts and Craftsp. 42
Persuasion Tacticsp. 43
"Yes" Menp. 43
How to Treat Your Superiorsp. 44
On Serious Thoughtsp. 45
A Little Learningp. 45
How to Get Useful Ideasp. 46
Father's Favorite Sayingsp. 46
A Samurai Esprit de Corpsp. 46
The Present and the Pastp. 47
Make the Best of Each Occasionp. 48
O, What a Vain Worldp. 48
Handling Negative Feelingsp. 48
Samurai's Toilettep. 49
At the Conferencep. 49
Deny the Gods if They Stand in Your Wayp. 50
Human Life Is Trivialp. 50
You Cannot Tell Your Own Abilityp. 51
Dignityp. 51
Don't Despise the "Upstarts,"p. 51
Keeping a Respectful Distancep. 52
Weigh Your Wordsp. 52
Two Kinds of Peoplep. 53
Defeating Yourself by Victoryp. 53
On Visiting Othersp. 53
Analogy of the Swordp. 54
Talent and the Timesp. 54
Listening to Veteransp. 55
Drop Out Completelyp. 56
Samurais: Men of Actionp. 56
The Family Grantp. 57
On Servantsp. 58
A Koan on the Art of Homosexualityp. 58
The Connection Gamep. 59
On the Spur of Madnessp. 60
Handling Difficultiesp. 60
On Dreamsp. 60
The Samurai Ideal of Lovep. 61
Collapsing Housep. 63
Story of the Thwarted Ghostsp. 63
Four Kinds of Samuraip. 65
Saving Facep. 66
Humility of the Lordp. 67
Compassion and Couragep. 69
To Killp. 73
The Loyal Samurai Cookp. 74
To Win Is to Overcome Yourselfp. 75
The Essence of Servicep. 75
A Story Concerning Lord Tsunashigep. 76
About Kichinosuke Shidap. 79
About the Promotion of Ichiemon Kunop. 82
How to Restore the Clan After It Collapsesp. 83
Cut Down the Gods if They Stand in Your Wayp. 85
Two Kinds of Samuraisp. 85
A Samurai and His Adulterous Wifep. 87
How Not to Get Nervousp. 89
How to Win in a Debatep. 89
Do Not Turn Your Back on the Enemyp. 91
Do Not Learn Strategyp. 91
Some Hints for Arguingp. 92
On Victoryp. 92
How to Win in the Long Runp. 92
Success and Failurep. 93
Die Every Morning in Advancep. 93
To Be Taciturnp. 94
Social Appearancep. 94
A Story Concerning Family Honorp. 95
On Governingp. 95
Footnotesp. 97
Glossaryp. 99
Indexp. 103
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ISBN: 9780757000263
ISBN-10: 0757000266
Series: Square One Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 1st October 2001
Publisher: Square One Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.19