Hagakure: Code of the Samurai (the Manga edition)


This manga adaptation of what Ivan Morris called the most influential of all samurai treatises is told in a form reminiscent of The Arabian Nights;. A young, upcoming samurai seeks the advice of an older, experienced warrior who has become a Zen monk. The ambitious young samurai humbly begs to learn from the old master, who consents. So begins a series of eventful meetings. At each sitting, the seasoned samurai tells his young student tales of samurai past. Tales of famous warriors are recited. With brutal, unrelenting samurai justice, wrongs are righted and judgment is passed. With each incident, the young novice learns what it means to be a samurai. Learns what courage and right thought are. Learns the harsh realities and subtle wisdom of his age. With text by scriptwriter Sean Wilson, and vivid manga by Chie Kutsuwada, Hagakure will enthral legions of manga and martial arts fans. An important Afterword is provided by William Scott Wilson, translator of Yamamoto Tsunetomo’s orginal Hagakure.

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