A definitive treatise on the code of the samurai—revised and with a new introduction
When it comes to books on samurai philosphy, Hagakure is iconic to contemporary readers. But Budoshoshinshu, which was also written by a respected samurai during the Edo period, was equally influential at the time. Both works address the warrior's role in times of peace and emphasize the importance of living selflessly. Written by Daidoji Yuzan (1639-1730), a Confucian scholoar who descended from a long line of prominent warriors, Budoshoshinshu comprises 56 pithy instructive essays for young samurai on how to live morally, with professional integrity and a higher purpose; to carry on the true chivalrous tradition of bushido. Budoshoshinshu is imbued with classic Confucian philosophy, centered on living one's life with sincerity and loyalty.
WILLIAM SCOTT WILSON is the foremost translator into English of traditional Japanese texts on samurai culture. He received BA degrees from Dartmouth College and the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, and an MA in Japanese literary studies from the University of Washington. His best-selling translations include Hagakure, The Book of Five Rings, and Taiko. He is also the author of The Lone Samurai, a biography of the legendary samurai Miyamoto Musashi.