Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido

Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke ➱ [Read] ➬ Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke By Daidōji Yūzan ➼ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Code of the Samurai is a four hundred year old explication of the rules and expectations embodied in Bushido, the Japanese way of the warrior Bushido has played a major role in shaping the behavior of Code of the Samurai: Kindle Ö the Samurai is a four hundred year old explication of the rules and expectations embodied in Bushido, the Japanese way of the warrior Bushido has played a major role in shaping the behavior of modern Japanese government, corporations, society, and individuals, as well as in shaping the modern martial arts within Japan and internationally The Japanese original of this book has been one of the primary sources on the tenets of Bushido, a way of thought that remains fascinating to modern world, East and West.


10 thoughts on “Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke

  1. Nash Nash says:

    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 Why 1 Wilson s version comes with 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 Why 1 Wilson s version comes with complete introduction that reflects intensive research 2 Wilson s translation iscomplete since it contains the details like the ending poem, etc., which this one omits and actually I personally believes it holds the key, and 3 this translation promises that you will understand the Japanese after you read it Well, it over simplifies things Wilson ispractical and realistic More Japanese, even He invites us to think and contemplate along as we read However, you will likely find this version by Thomas Cleary on sales everywherethan Wilson s at bookstores near you because it s arecent translation than Wilson s Therefore, if you re going to spend money on only one version of the book, don t get this one Get Wilson s instead Trust me, I m doing a dissertation on this book


  2. Professor Professor says:

    The Code of the Samurai is an example of one of the staples of literature since ancient times the self help how to guide 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 the self help how to guide 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 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 wasinterested 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


  3. Dan Dan says:

    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.


  4. Amanda Nunn Amanda Nunn says:

    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 muchthan 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 I managed to read it in an afternoon well, the English translation my Japanese is very rusty so I didn t take muchthan 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 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


  5. Gimo Zangana Gimo Zangana says:

    It gives you a nice guide of life rules to follow, with the purpose of better ing yourself.


  6. Mattheus Guttenberg Mattheus Guttenberg says:

    A modern translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu, the classic 400 year old Japanese text on samurai chivalry, Cleary s Code of the Samurai is an accessible and clear account of the behavioral and personal standards for samurai in feudal Japan The sections describing loyalty and duty to the daimyo lord present an excellent model for us in our working life The most valuable part of it for me was the insistence on death contemplation it was weirdly like reading Seneca from another world.


  7. Sean Morlan Sean Morlan says:

    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 400 years old it has some outdated terms but never outdated ideas In the first chapter of the book it explains how 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 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 400 years old it has some outdated terms but never outdated ideas In the first chapter of the book it explains how to keep death always in mind 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 , meaning you should act the way you do on the battlefield as you would in a public market, or conversing with your friends or family Therefore it says to do this so you do not create a hypocritical image of yourself Although it is 400 years old the laws and regulations and teachings in this book are still used today This book can clearly be used to teach and 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


  8. Sylvan Clarke Sylvan Clarke says:

    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 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 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 and the general public as it outlines straight forward morals for taking ownership of our own responsibilities to our family, acquaintances, friends, colleagues and business relationships


  9. Jack Jack says:

    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 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 view of humanity


  10. Jbussen Jbussen says:

    The concepts of Bushido Loyalty, Duty and Courage Shigesuke is an old curmudgeon Dam kids these days with no problems telling the student that he is a lazy moron coward unless he is exactly what a warrior should be A series of short chapters like Loyalty, Finances, Personal Appearance each describing the ideal behavior of an ideal samurai with respect to each Lots of administrative tasks Book on behavior and not strategy On a humorous note the translator repeatedly uses t The concepts of Bushido Loyalty, Duty and Courage Shigesuke is an old curmudgeon Dam kids these days with no problems telling the student that he is a lazy moron coward unless he is exactly what a warrior should be A series of short chapters like Loyalty, Finances, Personal Appearance each describing the ideal behavior of an ideal samurai with respect to each Lots of administrative tasks Book on behavior and not strategy On a humorous note the translator repeatedly uses the phrase Let Me Explain throughout the text Not necessary, and certainly not needed to repeat We get that you ll explain things in the next paragraph When you apply the duties of a knight to his overlord in the context of modern business, it helps explain the salary man phenomenon in Japan Inc


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