The Precepts of Kiyomasa

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“One should rise at four in the morning, practice sword technique, eat one’s meal, and train with the bow, the gun, and the horse.

For a well developed retainer, he should become even more so.

If one should want diversions, he should make them such outdoor pastimes such as falconing, deer hunting and wrestling.”

From the Precepts of Kato Kiyomasa


The article brings up the idea of “Bushido,” and it’s historical underpinnings. This site offers an interesting comparison and evaluation of the modern (20th century) invention of the idea, and the very different character of its antecedents in the martial tradition.

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