Black with silver trim and triskele emblem on back
Hakama pants, kimono, cummerbund style obi and kataginu
Other colours available on request as part of our bespoke service
Made in limited numbers in Britain
“It is said that what is called ‘the spirit of an age’ is something to which one cannot return. That this spirit gradually dissipates is due to the world's coming to an end. For this reason, although one would like to change today’s world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done. Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation.” These words by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, recorded in *Hagakure Kikigaki*, epitomise perfectly the Samurai. Living by a code seemingly forgotten by modern society – respect, honesty, courage, rectitude, loyalty, honour, benevolence – he is true to the old ways and does his best to embody them in a world where those who do the exact opposite often tend to receive richer rewards. He is devoted, above all other things, to his partner the Geisha. The yin to her yang, it is clear that the pair complete one another on a level far beyond mere human relation. The intensity of their metaphysical connection is deeply admired, if not completely understood, by their friends and peers.
THE SAMURAI’S TALE
While the ancient bushido code was more martial and combative in its origin, many of its precepts remain just as true in a contemporary context. In fact, during many conversations with the Geisha (who has truly mastered conversation in its truest, most traditional art form), the Samurai has even been convinced to consider the code’s application as a peaceful doctrine. It is a conversation the pair have had on more than one occasion with their close friends, the Brigadier and Officer, whose more military minded perspective seemed to marry well with the “Way of Dying”. Many evenings they would argue over quotes and passages, interpreting and reinterpreting old wisdom. “All this talk of being prepared for death, prepared for conflict – what use is there in maintaining a military mindset other than preparing for military action?” the Officer would say. “It does not always mean death in a literal sense,” the Samurai would reply, “and it does not always mean conflict in a physical manner. But it *does* always mean being prepared – that is the part you should be focused on.” The Officer’s face would frown, only half-accepting the point. “But to take death more literally,” the Samurai would continue,” if we meditate on death, every morning and night, we are able to exist as if we are already dead. And then we become free, because we have achieved liberation from attachment. And with that freedom, we can accomplish any feat.” There would be a pause, and the Officer would take a tall swig from his drink, before looking the Samurai in the eyes and smiling. “Well, you’ve just accomplished quite a feat in convincing me that death can create freedom without anybody even dying. I’ll drink to that!”
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