Tuttle Publishing Releases the First Complete Translation of the Most Influential of all Japanese Books on Bushido, the Samurai Warrior Spirit

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This is the first translation to include the entire first two books of the Hagakure, and the most authentic passages of the third book. It contains extensive footnotes that fill in many cultural and historical gaps found in previous translations.


Alex Bennett has produced the first truly authoritative translation and analysis of Hagakure..—Dr. Karl F. Friday, author, Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan

The Hagakure is one of the most influential of all Japanese texts — written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo nearly 300 years ago to summarize the essence of the Japanese samurai spirit. Its influence has been felt throughout the world and yet its existence is scarcely known to most Westerners. This is the first translation to include the complete first two books of the Hagakure and the most reliable and authentic passages of the third book. All other English translations are extremely fragmentary and incomplete.

Alex Bennett’s new and extremely readable translation of this essential work includes extensive footnotes that serve to fill in many cultural and historical gaps in the previous translations. This unique combination of readability and scholarship gives Bennett’s translation a distinct advantage over all previous English editions.

This book releases on May 27 and can be pre-ordered online at Tuttle Publishing or Amazon.

About Tuttle Publishing
Established in 1948 by Charles Egbert Tuttle Jr. in Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo, Japan, Tuttle Publishing is the premier publisher of English language books on Asian culture. Today, Tuttle maintains an active offering of books on a wide range of topics, including Asian culture, Asian literature, Asian architecture, Eastern spirituality, gardening, cooking, martial arts, crafts, travel, health and wellness, and fine art for a worldwide audience. For more information, visit http://tuttlepublishing.com.

About the Author
Alexander Bennett holds doctorates from the University of Canterbury and Kyoto University. He has worked for the International Research Center for Japanese Studies and is currently Associate Professor at Kansai University’s Department of International Affairs. He lectures frequently on Japanese martial culture. His recent publications include Naginata: the Definitive Guide, Budo Perspectives, and may other publications on Budo. He’s also Editor-in-Chief of Kendo World, the world’s only English language journal dedicated to Kendo, the Vice President of the International Naginata Federation and Director of the Japanese Academy of Budo.

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