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Iain Abernethy
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Does my decapitated head look fat in this?

Hi All,

Doing a little reading from the Hagakure and the following paragraph was of interest:

While ornamentation on armour is unnecessary, one should be very careful about the appearance of his helmet. It is something that accompanies his head to the enemy’s camp.”

I think that the concern for how one’s decapitated head would look to the enemy is a great expression of the samurai mindset! I really like it and felt I’d share this little find.

All the best,


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Love quotes from that book.  While not all are literally applicable to modern civilian life, they give us a glimpse of the mindset and an alternative way of approaching simple as well as significant things.