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Inazo Nitobe. · Rating details · 4, ratings · reviews. A century ago, when Japan was transforming itself from an isolated feudal society into a modern . Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only once a year. Nitobe Inazo’s “Bushido: The Soul of Japan,” first published in English in , played an important role in the spread of the word. Over the past.

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Nitobe himself was born inso he was eight years old when feudalism was abolished, and ten when the carrying of swords was forbidden. I like this type of book and really think the author did a fine job with the exceptions noted above.

Or as one disingenuous reviewer put bushieo, “I imagine him expounding on this hy while wearing a tophat in a London salon, charming the knickers of some gaggle of Oxbridge twats.

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

Bushido means the way of the warrior. An enriching experience indeed. Sincerity, which is also referred to as fhe or honesty, osul also seen differently today.

Born before the Meiji Restorationhe brings a syncretic perspective of feudal Japan and modern Japan. Each of these virtues has a chapter devoted to it Ch. So with this book, there is a strange mix of explanation and defence. The Modern Samurai Bushido: This is partly because, as a latecomer to the world of 19th-century imperialism, Japan did not want to be seen as a second-class imitator of the West. Therefore, that person you would have to slather obsequiousness on was as likely to be a pu On the whole, people have ambivalent feelings about feudal times.

He did this rather successfully, even if some readers including myself a century later would prefer our study of oriental culture and philosophy mixed with oriental history and anecdotes.

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President Theodore Roosevelt was so impressed by it that he bought 60 copies to give to friends and family. I can only inzzo and be fascinated by how a Japanese author is capable of describing his culture or better, an element of his culture by means of the classic European standards.


Near the end, Nitobe then discusses the influences of Bushido, whether it still survives up to this day before concluding about its future.

Since more than half of his references are western, it underscores the weakness of his Japanese sources.

It’s meant to jaapn and to offer a different perspective from what we’ve been exposed to from Japan and which could help us better understand that virtues and shortcomings come in many shapes and many societies. Throughout the book, Nitobe attempts a difficult balancing act: Superstar of World Literature.

Enjoy and Be Blessed. Bushidonitobe inazo.

He wrote it in English, later translated into Japanese, and he breaks down the tenets of bushido or the ways of the warrior, bushi warrior and do way and placed them within the historical context of chivalry and knighthood.

But I can only admire and be fascinated by how a Japanese author is capable of describing his culture or better, an inazi of his culture by means of the classic European standards. The Soul of Japan is, along with Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo —a study of the way of the samurai.

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

See 1 question about Bushido…. But there is a bit of a discrepancy in that the author was a devout Christian, and some of the beliefs of Shintoism don’t align with that of the author’s, so it doesn’t feel as entirely authentic as it might have. All in all, this is a very interesting and thought-provoking book – and not the least because hushido not written as a scholarly study by an outsider, but by a man trying to explain and, in some senses, justify his own culture.

Do degrees of industrialization count? Views Read Edit View history. Engaging and beautifully written, BUSHIDO is an insider’s look into the foundational beliefs and customs of one of the most mysterious to Westerners cultures on the planet.


Bushido, the Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobe

Nitobe ill This is an enjoyable and enlightening read provided you don’t go into it expecting it to be a detailed historical study of Bushido as we would expect to see today. I do not mean in only the martial arts and bh cultural activities, but in the fostering and development of Japanese people today.

The present societary forces are antagonistic to petty class spirit, and Chivalry is, as Freeman severely criticizes, a class spirit.

The significance of Japanese politeness and sincerity is also tackled, as well as the concept of loyalty, the role of women, the training and education of the noble warrior class Samuraiand valor and courage, among others.

Published March 1st by Kodansha International Ltd first published 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. When citing Japanese sources, he often cites literary, legendary, or semi-historical examples.

Nitobe does a fantastic job of finding unexpected parallels between both Eastern and Western trains of thought, and he offers many examples as to how they aren’t nearly as dissimilar as one might think. Around the time “Bushido” was written, Japan had just defeated Qing China in a massive war the Sino-Japanese War ofreferenced in the book as Japan’s “newly acquired territories of Korea and Formosa, without a hint of irony and would soon defeat Russia in the humiliating Russo-Japanese War ending in Sending Japanese literature westward Red Circle Authors, a unique endeavor in the publishing world, aims to connect East and West through literature.

Even don Quijote appears as a common frame to expose how absurd some situations could be.


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