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Yamamoto Tsunetomo: Hagakure.1716.

Introduction: Hagakure means “In the Shadow of Leaves.” It is a foundational text of bushidō, the “way of the warrior.” It was dictated between 1709 and 1716 by a retired samurai, Yamamoto Tsunetomo (1659-1719), to a young retainer, Tashirō Tsuramoto (1678-1748).  The Hagakure is not a rigorous philosophical exposition, but contains the reflections of a seasoned warrior. It became well known in the 1930s, when Japanese nationalists embraced  the supposed spirit of bushidō. Here are some excerpts: I have found that the Way of the samurai is death. This means that when you are compelled to choose between life and...