Today, we are celebrating the 293rd Anniversary of HAGAKURE KIKIGAKI.
"HAGAKURE KIKIGAKI", which is a collections of JOUCHOU'S dictation, compiled by TSURAMOTO who visited JOUCHOU'S hermitage between 1709 to 1716. There are 1,343 episodes into 11 volumes and took about 7 years to compile.
This books are about how SAMURAI should behave themselves even if in the time of peace and what BUSHIDO is all about by JOUCHOU'S point of view. However, JOUCHOU didn't want to see this books for anybody outside the country but the people in the same SAGA Clan and he told TSURAMOTO to burn this books after memorized all. Some how this books survived from vanishing and it became a famous as a practical and spiritual guide books for SAMURAI in Japan.
What I believed that many of the elements in this books apply to our life in today. It doesn't matter you are Japanese or foreigner. So, I would like to try to introduce the contents little by little.
In this connection I may add that the book appeared the Hollywood movie,"Ghost Dog : The Way of the Samurai"
starring with Forest Whitaker and directed by Jim Jarmusch in 1999 as a props. 280 years later who's gonna be able to imagine those secret books would appeared to foreign country's movie. But I think that this is a proof of anybody could be accepted in the world.
Happy 293rd Birthday !!HAGAKURE1716 one piece, one love