Does anyone know the current reputation of the author Inazo Nitobe Am among From there, I decided to read Bushido: The Soul of Japan by Nitobe Inazo. : Bushido: The Soul of Japan (): Inazo Nitobe: Books. Bushido: The Soul of Japan (The Way of the Warrior Series) [Inazo Nitobe] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A century ago, when Japan.

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Born before the Meiji Restorationhe brings a Nitobe specifically wrote this book in to comparatively explain bushido to an occidental audience.

Nitobe was a man who must have loved to hear himself talk. Even when we encounter something against values of the western culture, like ritual suicide, we find him citing examples for it from the Western Culture. This not only gives Nitobe a unique perspective, but also means that when the book was written, many Japanese people would have remembered the feudal system. Geneva League of Nations. And so Bushido, albeit corrupted just like corrupted ideas of Chivalry, survive in the Japanese mindset.

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When used as a noun, Ethics is the philosophical study of principles relating to the conduct of right or wrong actions. He uses examples from literature and history Chinese and Western to explain to his readers about Japanese culture. Was it the spirit of the master or of his tutelary god that cast a formidable spell over our sword?


The book requires the reader to have some knowledge of Japan already for complete understanding. It is just an impression though, I don’t have enough background to judge this. When Nitobe was asked how Japan could have had any sense of morality since religion did not play any particular role in the upbringing of Japanese youngsters, he suddenly came up with the answer: So it was there that I decided to look at one country somewhere in the Northeast Pacific—Japan.

Nitobe illustrates his points with examples from Japanese mythology and epic historical poems which obviously were not meant to be taken literally. Again, it’s very easy to criticise from our twenty-first century internet-enabled Western point of view.

Bushido: The Soul of Japan. A Classic Essay on Samurai Ethics

This was great for understanding, so much so that even though its a small nktobe, it took a long time to read because i was caught for long periods of time in a contemplative spell. Aug 14, Bernie Gourley rated it really liked it Shelves: Inspired by Your Browsing History.

A friend said to me one day, ‘You don’t kill enough. Of course Bushido doesn’t depend on religion, but the fact it did spawn from it cannot be ignored. And all of its many readers in the past have been amply rewarded, bushodo will be all those who turn to its pages in the next and future decades.

Apr 25, Paul E. He explains busshido the fundamentals of Bushido lay in paying homage and pledging fealty to a superior. First, it feels very dated. Downloads downloads in the last 30 days. As Japan underwent deep transformations of its traditional lifestyle and military while becoming a modern nation, Nitobe engaged in an inquiry into the ethos of his nation, and the result of his meditations was this seminal work.


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What Japan was she owed to the samurai. It wasn’t just epic with the whole ceremonial aspect of it but it was also very explicit with the movement of the buxhido and the direction the body HAS to fall in. I read this book as i have a general fascination with japan and its sense of morals innazo values.

Even so, there are certain aspects of this, like the talk of seppuku and the sword that are fascinating, and others not so much. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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That’s not to say this isn’t worth reading, though. A Classic Essay on Samurai Ethics. Avoid punctuation except as indicated below:. The feudal system was abolish only around 30 years before the publication of this book, so numerous living sources were available at that time.