a film about an assassin, Ghost Dog, who follows the ways of the Samurai as outlined in the book Hagakure . I don’t want to put too many holes in you. Hagakure, simply put is a book about warrior culture. Written in Jamamoto Cunetomo () je bio samuraj-sluga iz klana Nabešima, koji je gospodario. Shōsetsu Yamamoto Tsunetomo: “hagakure” no bushidō o ikita otoko by Fuyuji to sacrifice his own life to bring them to ultimate fruition once his lord died.

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Now, I picked up this illustrated hardcover copy in Dutch, which will make for a nice reference. I don’t pretend to have understood the significance of everything I read in it, and there are other concepts that in literal te This is a really powerful book, which I think people could take lessons from even still today. It is not a book of philosophy as most would understand the word; it is a collection of thoughts and sayings recorded over a period of seven years, and as such covers a wide variety of subjects, often in no particular sequence.

Similarly, there are a lot of anecdotes that are just put down on paper and documented, without any apparent purpose or moral to them.

Louie tells Ghost Dog to kill a gangster, Handsome Frank, who is sleeping with the daughter of local mafia boss Vargo. Hagakure, simply put is a book about warrior culture. Live in the moment and free your mind from anything else.

When pressed with the choice of life or death, it is not necessary to gain one’s aim.


This book answers to all of these questions and more. His whole life will be without blame, and he will success in his calling. Certainly one comes away with a more thorough understanding of the themes that run through the collection: If so, you’ve found the book you are looking for. Ina young samurai scribe, Tashiro Tsuramoto, had been released from his duties and he spent the next 7 years recording the utterances of Yamamoto.

The book is filled with proverbs, observations, Lessons on bushido as well as Yamamoto Tsunetomo’s views on bushido, the warrior code of the samurai.

Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

View all 3 comments. Somewhere in California Year of the Horse “Int. While living as a hitman for the American Mafiahe adheres to the code of the samurai, and interprets and applies the wisdom of the Hagakure. This is a thin dangerous line. Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 1, 9 6, 3. Ghost Dog sees himself as a retainer of Louie, a local mobster, who saved Ghost Dog’s life years earlier. Ghost Dog does not understand French and Raymond does not understand English but the two seem to understand each other.

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So deals with the transcendental area including both life and death. I am deeply impressed with the philosophy it expounds and the discipline, loyalty, and honor it promotes.

See 1 question about Hagakure…. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you still get the same soaking.

In modern terms he is a nationalist who is blinded by his own shortcomings and puts up a false modest approach by saying he is poor at something and then state how others believe him to be the best. Yamamoto, Tsunetomo Overview. While this book is interesting within its context of being about one man’s view on samurai in feudal Japan a hundred years after the height of the importance of samurai, and while it does have some interesting philosophical tidbits, I suppose that for me, it just doesn’t have much value beyond that.


The charge to live as though one is already dead, to speak few words, be polite and devoted, and to be active, strong and decisive, are excellent advice for everyone to strive for. This is a really powerful book, which I think people could take lessons from even still today.

When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you will still get the same soaking. Namely, the main motivation for their behavior is a strong feeling of shame, and a sense of indebtedness to society. This translation offers selections that constitute the core texts of the 1, present in the original.

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The ability to discern the true meaning of a worthy commitment can be a difficult journey for the True Warrior. If one fully understands the present moment, there will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. I can’t remember his exact words, so I’ll paraphrase: I thought the second half of the book in particular was just uninteresting.