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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:47 pm    Post subject: Nonfiction modern day bushido books Reply with quote
Can anyone recommend a good modern day nonfictional bushido book. I want to see if it's still possible to follow the way of the samurai but in this modern age.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 3:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Nonfiction modern day bushido books Reply with quote
CheesePlant wrote:
Can anyone recommend a good modern day nonfictional bushido book. I want to see if it's still possible to follow the way of the samurai but in this modern age.

Thanks.


You really should read this thread first.

http://forums.samurai-archives.com/viewtopic.php?t=182

It will tell you some of the myths of the samurai and Bushido. Bushido is really was an idea that was developed during the Edo period in the 18th century during a time of peace. Bushido was not some code of honor that was followed for thousands of years including during the Sengoku jidai (Period of the country at War).

The idea that the samurai followed a code of honor is a myth. The samurai were brutal warriors who often would practice betrayal and deception. There are stories of samurai who made false claims in battles or switched sides in the midst of combat. Not very honorable.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
You can always watch "Ghost Dog"!
I'm sure many here despise it for its liberal quoting and "promotion" of Hagakure, but it's one of my favorite Jarmusch films and a fine example of what can happen when we fanatical gaijin take said commentary a little too seriously.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
That topic is an interesting read, so much I didn't know and was led to believe.

I've got Ghost Dog, its a great film.
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