Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke

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A powerful contemporary translation of the classic treatise of the Way of the Warrior!

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 modern Japanese government, corporations, society, and individuals, as well as in shaping modern Japanese martial arts within Japan and internationally. The Japanese original of this book, ...

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Overview

A powerful contemporary translation of the classic treatise of the Way of the Warrior!

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 modern Japanese government, corporations, society, and individuals, as well as in shaping modern Japanese martial arts within Japan and internationally. The Japanese original of this book, Bushido Shoshinshu, (Bushido for Beginners), has been one of the primary sources on the tenets of Bushido, a 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 tendancies and outlining the personal, social, and professional standards of conduct characteristic of Bushido, the Japanese chivalric tradition.

With a clear, conversational narrative by Thomas Cleary, one of the foremost translators of the wisdom of Asia, and powerfully evocative line drawings by master illustrator Oscar Ratti, this book is indispensable to the corporate executive, student of the Asian Culture, martial artist, those interested in Eastern philosophy or military strategy, as well as for those simply interested in Japan and its people.

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"...useful for students of the modern and classical martial arts and well worth buying."—Meik Skoss, Koryu.com

"This is a compelling, well written translation."—Lawrence Kane, author of The Little Black Book of Violence and The Way of Kata

"...a wonderful book for anyone who wants to understand the ideals behind the true warrior."—Bohdi Sanders, author of Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804831901
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 472,517
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Cleary is one of the best known and most accomplished translators of the wisdom of Asia. He holds a doctorate in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. Cleary has translated Soul of the Samurai, Samurai Wisdom, The Art of War and Secrets of the Japanese Art of Warfare, as well as over 70 other titles on martial arts philosophy, Buddhism, Taoism and religion.

Oscar Ratti co-authored Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere and Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan, and was a frequent contributor of artwork and essays to major publications.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2005

    Samurific

    To read and to follow this book is to better one's self. This book is for any serious martial artist!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2002

    Awsome

    This is a Great book for people who are into this. It a really great adaptation of what the cod of the bushido/samurai is. I couldnt get away from this book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2006

    not bad

    This book is called The Code of the Samurai. The author of this book is Thomas Cleary (Translator), Taira Shigesuke and Oscar Ratti (Illustrator). This book is about the rules and expectations of all samurai. It¿s not as much as a book with a beginning middle and an end but serves more as a guide book to someone who is learning about certain aspects of a samurai¿s life and the truths that they believed in. This book was very interesting. I liked the fact that the author gave as many aspects of the samurai¿s life as he could, which is an indicator of a good author. The only things I didn¿t like about the book is that the author didn¿t use a lot of Japanese vocabulary, which may have been because of the translation that Cleary provided and it got kind of boring. The book wasn¿t a very exciting read because it really didn¿t have a conflict. You can¿t really feel like you¿re in the book because it¿s not the type of book that has a lot of action in it. The book was very realistic and you could see that it was accurate because the original author was Japanese. The ending of the book was pretty much like the rest of the book, since there was not a traditional beginning, middle and end. The author¿s writing style was unique but not very good because he made the book seem like it was like a list with a description. The author uses a 3rd person voice, which is typical. The author¿s vocabulary was more difficult than your usual book but I just wish he used more Japanese terminology. The author definitely did not use much dialogue within the characters but he did make sure that they were thoroughly described. I think if he separated the chapters and made them longer and put a little more history in it, it could have been better. On a scale from 1-10 I would give this book a 7 because it did give me an insight on the samurai but it was very boring and I wanted a little more history in the book. I admit the author had potential but the book could have been better. I recommend this book to people of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2004

    Most Incredible book I've ever read!

    This book has really opened my eyes to the old ways of Japan- and how they influenced the country today. As a martial artist and philosopher, I have to say that you must read this book! And if you do- don't do it for a grade or credit, and don't think of it as becoming a samurai. Read it for the knowledge and fun it will bring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2003

    The complete code for an individual's life

    Like the Art of War by Sun Tzu, this book should be read and read agian by any aspiring leader. The Code of the Samurai is in itself a complete standard that should be adopted to lead a successful life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2002

    Very Informative

    In my opinion as a martial artist, I found this to be an interesting and informative book. From reading this, I feel I have learned a little bit about the way of life of a Samurai warrior.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2002

    Its the best

    read the book it is the best it teaches yo how to become a samurai and everything

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2000

    A sort of Bible for those into the arts of the Samurai

    This book has a dynamic outlook of the many steps to becoming or wanting to become a samurai warrior. It explains as it should the discipline and the harsh reality of the struggles those in the past had to go through to become samurai. a very good book to read and own.

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