(◣﹏◢)╯HAGAKURE ‘Hidden among the leaves’ 2
“A Man’s Appearance . One should always be equipped with rouge and powder. Sometimes it may happen when waking up with a hangover that one’s color is bad. At such times, one should take out one’s rouge and apply it.”
The original Hagakure the teachings of the samurai-turned-priest Jōchō Yamamoto (1659-1719), written down and edited by his student Tsuramoto Tashiro. It’s a guide, organized as a loose collection of thoughts, on how samurai should conduct themselves. This philosophy–bushido, or “the way of the samurai”–is, according to Tsunetomo, essentially a Way of death or dying.
The original Hagakure was for generations preserved as moral and practical instructions for daimyo and samurai of Saga Han, a large domain in north-western Kyushu. It later became known all over Japan, and during the Second World War Jōchō’s precept ‘I found that the Way of the Samurai is death’, became a slogan to spur on Kamikaze pilots. After the war, Hagakure was quickly abandoned as dangerous and subversive.