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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Want bushidk Read saving…. Jun 02, Ian Miley rated it it was amazing. While it was a nice read, it doesn’t really tell you anything about Bushido as such. When citing Japanese sources, he often cites literary, legendary, or semi-historical examples. Ethics, Social usages, Etiquette, Religion.

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Jan 04, Peter W rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 14, Bernie Gourley rated it really liked it Shelves: Interesting enough, I’m surprised on how the patriarchy and machismo are different from the European perspective. Other interesting details discuss the whole ritual of seppuku and comparing this act with other practices of suicide.

So the book doesn’t feel Japanese at all, you will find historical comparisons between the Chivalry of Europe and the Bushido of Japan. View all 4 comments.

I recommend this book to all who want to understand the character of the Japanese people. The prices of goods in Japan dropped dramatically and the price of her domestic goods rose as they were prepared for foreign export the opening of Japan is usually used as a prime example of the good of free trade.

This book serves as one historic explanation for this difference. But while the Samurai were the last official card-carrying members of Bushido, just as the Knights were the last members of the Chivalric code, the merchants and gentlemen rising to power, rubbing elbows with Kings and Emperors, now became gentrified and were able to adopt the inzzo customs that had been forbidden them for so long.

To add insult to injury, everything was determined on a hereditary basis, with merit having little to do with anything. Scratch a Japanese of the most advanced ideas, and he will show a samurai. The book first introduces bushido as an ethical system, and then it explains the effect that Buddhism, Shintoism, and Confucianism played in the development of this system. Using analogies that western Ssoul readers would be familiar with from ancient Greek philosophers to Nietzsche.

First, it feels very dated. That’s not to say this isn’t worth reading, though. After reading this, you’ll definitely have a much better understanding and appreciation of many aspects of Japanese culture that initially come across as being either senseless or totally barbaric. On the other hand, he sought similarities and contrasts by citing not only Western philosophers and statesmen, but also the shapers of European and American thought and civilization going back to the Romans, the Greeks and Biblical times.

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Later chapters outline the education and training of a samuraithe importance of stoicism, the institution of suicide seppukuthe symbolism of the sword in Japanese society, the role of women, the role of bushido as an ethical system in the present-day his presentand its role in the future. A Japanese movie or TV show generally brings one or two of those to mind, but reading this Bushido book really gets to the heart of the Japanese matter. He certainly makes a very appealing case for it–aside from the stuff about seppuku ritualistic suicide.

But under bushido – and to Nitobe, who seems to have been of the samurai class himself, or close to it – the story emphasises the strength of devotion to duty, and courage, of even samurai children. Around the time “Bushido” was written, Japan had just jappan 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 He hints that the Christian ideal of love might be the answer to our modern quest for synthesizing eastern and western culture.

In the heat of battle he remains cool; in the midst of catastrophes he keeps level his mind. Great book of ethics and morals. Were Western theories of racial superiority Instead, a Westernized utilitarian ethic has emerged, niitobe has no binding principle.

Therefore, that person you would have to slather obsequiousness on was as likely to be a putz as not. Search Latest Terms of Use Donate? It’s meant to inform 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. May be this method was what me dislike the book. 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.

Bushido: The awakening of Japan’s modern identity

Each chapter leads into the other quite easily, which is quite impressive and not something I feel authors at the turn of the century in their non-native tongue were good at constructing. When reading this book, it is important to remember two things: I forget on how important honor is to the samurai but I find it to be almost a weakness this idea that you have to prove something to someone or that you are not willing to do something because of it.


He answers the first rather simply “why, from Confucianism, Buddhism, and Shintoism, of course! The seven virtues are all still considered virtuous, but we don’t regard them in the same way today. Nitobe makes a point that “Stoicism” is no longer a coherent system of thought, but has been entirely subsumed into a gamut of emotions that one can feel. What an interesting little book! Does anyone know the current reputation of the author Inazo Nitobe Am among literary Japanese?

The Japanese nation, its land, its people, and its life, with special consideration to its relations with the United States. For those who had eyes to see, the book heralded a change in the world order.

American Commodore Perry opened up Japan to Western Trade in when he sailed a few gunboats into Tokyo harbor and “convinced” the Japanese to trade with the United States.

nitone Tokyo, Mazuren company, Ltd. 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. Ov short, this isn’t a scintillating read and it isn’t meant to be so. The author makes a great point that now over years since he wrote this that Imazo as a way of life passed through generations is long gone, what with Japan as we all see it today being what it is, but the soul of it still thrives in the people and culture.

This is evident especially when you compare generations in the Japanese, many of the elderly still have that fire and passion in them, where now the youth are focused on more trivial matters and pursuits with little to no interest in their own nation’s heritage.

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

Isn’t this out of proportion? Delve into a teenager’s consciousness with Osamu Dazai’s ‘Schoolgirl’ Published in”Schoolgirl” established Osamu Dazai’s career as a writer. Born before the Meiji Restorationhe brings a Nitobe specifically wrote this book in to comparatively explain bushido to an occidental audience.