葉隠 Hagakure: Way of Revenge

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ON REVENGE.

I am reminded of a quote from the Hagakure (Way of Revenge), which I choose in October of 2012 as my key note for my character The Quiet Ninja and issue six of Oberon Destroyers (Take Down). The Hagakure is a keystone document in Japanese literary history, touching both samurai and buddhist ideals:

“The way of revenge lies in simply forcing one’s way into a place, and being cut down. There is no shame in this. By thinking that you must complete the job, you will run out of time. By considering things like how many men the enemy has, time piles up. In the end you will give up.

No matter if the enemy has thousands of men, there is fulfillment in simply confronting them, determined to cut them all down, starting from one end.

You will finish the greater part of it.”

From Hagakure, Code of the Samurai
From the book by Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Adapted by Sean Michael Wilson
Based on the translation by William Scott Wilson.

Oberon Destroyers: The Quiet Ninja (23rd of the House of Ugamoto)

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