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Is Hagakure:The Book of the samurai the same thing as the way of the samurai?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    No. Not at all.

    Hagakure was written long after the way of the samurai (Bushido) concept was established. It was written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo in the late 18th century. He was born a samurai and served his lord for a good while, but his lord died of an illness. After his lord died, Yamamoto was forbidden by new laws to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) allowing him to follow his lord in death (this concept is called junshi). So, Yamamoto retired and gave up the samurai lifestyle. He became a monk and in his later life, he passed down all his knowledge of Bushido to a young samurai. His knowledge was taken by the young samurai and copied down into a book. This book is now called Hagakure. Hagakure is merely one samurai's interpretation of Bushido. Great read if you are interested in understanding a little more about samurai and their way of thought.

    Good question, by the way! I'm glad to see someone posting legit questions.

    Source(s): Been studying Japanese history for a very long time.
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