Hajime (previously called Saisho-PY), meaning "beginning" in Japanese, is a simple, slightly opinionated static website generator built with Python.

It is the spiritual successor and replacement to Saisho (which was made in PHP), and is currently still being developed.

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It is important to note a few things, in case you are interested in giving Hajime a spin:

  1. I'm still ironing out kinks as I come across them. If you see anything, please report on Hajime tracker.
  2. Hajime is coded with certain assumptions, hence the opinionated part. Examples being the template files it uses, date formats or the lack of Markdown or MD extension configuration.
  3. As of April 19th, 2024, Hajime is not available as a standalone module, but as I use it as part of an automated build on SourceHut, it doesn't bother me. More on this later.
  4. Hajime is not feature complete, whatever that means in the context of minimalism. Please take this into account.


From my personal point of view, the biggest obstacle to writing and sharing (and well, when it comes to productivity in general) is fucking around with themes, plugins and configurations. We often go so deep into the woods while forgetting why we even went there in the first place.

The less frills and moving parts, the better. From this aspect, Hajime both is and isn't feature complete - there is one template, some frontmatter and whatever you write in Markdown format. That's pretty much it.

Hence, the idea for (or behind) Hajime, is identical to how Saisho was operating -- MD comes in, HTML comes out.

Keep it simple. Keep it honest. Keep it usable.

Dependencies and Tooling

Hajime was built with Python 3.12 in mind, albeit it probably will work with >=3.10 as well. In a gist:



This is basically my build.yml paraphrased:

  1. Clone https://git.sr.ht/~hxii/hajime
  2. Ideally install this in a venv, e.g. cd hajime; python -m venv .venv; chmod +x .venv/bin/activate; ./.venv/bin/activate.
  3. Run make install to install dependencies.

Using Hajime

  1. Run python -m hajime init to create a default configuration file.
  2. Put your template in template.
  3. Put your content in source.
  4. Run python -m hajime build to generate HTML files.


Hajime relies on three main files existing in the template_folder:


Markdown syntax, obviously, with the following extensions:

"meta", # YAML Frontmatter
"wikilinks", # [[wikilinks]]
"extra", # Abbrev, attr and def lists, fenced code, footnotes, tables
"admonition", # rST Style admonitions - https://python-markdown.github.io/extensions/admonition/
"fenced_code", # As it says
"markdown_mark", # Marked text
"yafg", # Figures - https://pypi.org/project/yafg/
"markdown_del_ins", # Deleted and inserted text
"toc", # TOC - https://python-markdown.github.io/extensions/toc/

Hajime uses YAML frontmatter for metadata:

title: The page title can be different than it's name.
type: entry, page and project are supported types.
date: YYYY-MM-DD format.
tags: comma,delimited,list,of,tags
description: A text description for things like projects

Automating the Build

Going Forward

In the near future, I'd like to add the sync functionality (or something similarly named) which will allow for a simpler deployment to SourceHut specifically.

Perhaps a pre-built .build.yml file or just clear, simple instructions given how brutally simple it is to just get your content out there using SourceHut.

I currently host my blog on SourceHut, and use Hajime with the following .build.yml to automatically re-generate and upload my website. You can take inspiration, and get a similar looking setup for your own blog.

image: alpine/edge
oauth: pages.sr.ht/PAGES:RW
- hut
- rust
- cargo
- python3
- py3-pip
  - https://git.sr.ht/~hxii/hajime
  site: 0xff.nu
- setup: |
    cd hajime
    python -m venv .venv
    chmod +x .venv/bin/activate
    make install
- package: |
    cd $site
    python -m hajime build --compress
    tar -C html -cvz . > ../site.tar.gz
- upload: |
    hut pages publish -d $site site.tar.gz