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The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai


Author Tsunetomo Yamamoto
Translator Alexander Bennett
Price JPY 1,870
ISBN 978-4-8053-1198-1
Format 130x203mm 286pages paperback
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The Hagakure is one of the most influential of all Japanese texts?written nearly 300 years ago by Tsunetomo Yamamoto to summarize the very essence of the Japanese Samurai bushido ("warrior") spirit. Its influence has been felt throughout the world and yet its existence is scarcely known to many Westerners. This is the first translation to include the complete first two books of the Hagakure and the most reliable and authentic passages contained within the third book; all other English translations published previously have been extremely fragmentary and incomplete.

Alex Bennett's completely new and highly readable translation of this essential work includes extensive footnotes that serve to fill in many cultural and historical gaps in the previous translations. This unique combination of readability and scholarship gives Bennett's translation a distinct advantage over all previous English editions.

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