Taira Shigesuke's Code of the Samurai: A Contemporary Translation of the 16th-century Bushido Shoshishu

Taira Shigesuke's Code of the Samurai: A Contemporary Translation of the 16th-century Bushido Shoshishu

by Seigo Nakao, A. L. Sadler, Bushido
     
 

For almost 700 years shoguns ruled Japan. These "gentleman warriors" developed a dedicated system of honor and strict guidlelines of behavior that Taira Shigesuke first brought together in his 16th century book—Bushido Shoshinshu. Present to a modern audience in clear, easy-to-read English, this new translation captures the majesty of the higher principles as

Overview


For almost 700 years shoguns ruled Japan. These "gentleman warriors" developed a dedicated system of honor and strict guidlelines of behavior that Taira Shigesuke first brought together in his 16th century book—Bushido Shoshinshu. Present to a modern audience in clear, easy-to-read English, this new translation captures the majesty of the higher principles as well as the usefulness of the daily advice.

From principles such as "a samurai should keep foremost in his mind the fact that he must die" to rules regarding duty, personal obligation and even money management, this book sets out the guidelines that defined Japan's "way of the warrior." Honor and obligation are emphasised above all to the reader, who is taught that a samurai is expected to be indifferenet to pain, unquestioningly loyal, and an expert in his training.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569755907
Publisher:
Ulysses Press
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.25(h) x (d)

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Meet the Author


Seigo Nakao is Assistant Professor of Japanese Language, Culture, and Literature at Oakland University. He live in ?. A. L. Sadler, M.A., has been a Professor of Oriental Studies at the University of Sydney and Professor of Japanese at the Royal Military College of Australia, He lives in ?.

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