Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai (book review)
Definitely overrated for those who desperately want to be a samurai.
I had heard about this book from people who take a big interest in Japanese history, especially in bushido. Of course my friends are all Americans and I truly suspect they don’t have quite the knowledge they think they do.
This is a conglomeration of writings. My understanding is that the original writings contained more than 1300 entries, while this book only has a little over 300, so it is missing a lot of the writings to begin with.
The writings themselves are scattered about various things. Ranging from dates and brief descriptions of people to random sayings and anecdotes. Not at all what I was told to expect. Although I don’t blame the writings, they are what they are. A journal from a samurai that wasn’t published until many years after his death.
It is an interesting book, but nothing you either didn’t already know or couldn’t find out easy without reading it.