BUDOSHOSHINSHU What does it mean to be a samurai in Japan when there are no battles to be fought? During the 17th century, Daidoji Yuzan set about to address the paradox of the existence of a warrior class during peacetime. His text, written for the education and guidance of Japanese warriors, set down rules intended to delineate their obligations, ethics, morality and daily duties.
Now, these samurai guidelines are available in English for the first time as an e-book! Translator William Scott Wilson, who holds a master’s degree in Japanese language and literature, once served as a consular specialist for the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle. In 2005, he received Japan’s Foreign Minister’s Commendation from the Consulate General of Japan in Miami, and he has been called one of the most important scholars of Japanese Edo period texts.