Our topic this week is Hagakure, one of the best known works on bushido ever written. Where did it come from? What is its purpose? What is its legacy? All that and more, this week!
Listen to the episode here.
Ikegami, Eiko. The Taming of the Samurai.
Friday, Karl. “Bushido or Bull? A Medieval Historian’s Perspective on the Imperial Army and the Japanese Warrior Tradition.”
Jansen, Marius. The Making of Modern Japan.
Ross, Kelley L. “Zen and the Art of Divebombing, or The Dark Side of the Tao.”
The complete text of Hagakure.
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