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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Perfect as a work of art, setting at defiance its Toledo and Damascus rivals, there was more than art could impart. First, it feels very dated.

I would advise you to give this one a pass. Perhaps the downloadable versions have the same flaw. In short, this isn’t a scintillating read and it isn’t meant to be so. That were a poor soul that could succumb so easily to nihobe influences. They were not only the flower of the nation, but its root as well. Of course Bushido doesn’t depend on religion, but the fact it did spawn from it cannot be ignored.

And where is Bushido going? Th found in Bushidothe Way of the Warriorthe sources of the eight virtues most admired by his people: Articles lacking in-text citations from November All articles lacking in-text citations. This was great for understanding, so much so that even though its a small book, it took a long time to read because i was caught for long periods of time in a contemplative spell.

I did particularly like the chapter about Harakiri. Do degrees of industrialization count? Occupation of Wikipedia, Kodansha’s Encyclopedia of Japan and Kendo.

But Nitobe manages to make their economic cluelessness sound like a virtue. Predating both World Wars, the idea and conscience of Bushido probably seemed much more alive back then that it does today. To ask other readers questions about Bushidoplease sign up. In the following chapters, he discusses things that may be foreign to a lot of westerners like the practice of self-immolation or seppuku, as well as the importance of honor in the battlefield.


The attitude to women, too, is shocking nowadays. In some cases, we are better off with today’s views, but it’s not always so clear. This bestseller of the year is an interesting look into, among other things, what an educated person thought other educated people would know, and therefore would not need to be explained.

I feel, however, that for the time the book was written ca.

Why would Nitobe not use the people who were these warriors to explain their belief systems and their insight into the true nature of Bushido? We admire him as truly great, who, in the menacing presence of danger or death, retains his self-possession; who, for instance, can compose a poem under impending peril or hum a strain in the face of death.

It therefore has the result of telling the reader perhaps more about feudal Japanese society and culture than even the author intended.

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He was married to Mary Patterson Elkinton. In analyzing Bushido as a social tradition of Japanese feudalism, the author frequently refers to Western literature, religions, and philosophical thoughts, of which his commanding is very impressive.

Until it was published, Western perceptions of Japan tended to merge with those of China: I mean, he was the Japanese super scholar that could write the kind of Victorian English that most western scholars have to respect until this very day! It was important for the nation to show that it could challenge and compete with the West — that it had its own highly sophisticated ethical system. Actually, I know the reason I bought it. Tokyo, Mazuren company, Ltd. I can only admire 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.

One of the most intriguing chapters is the one that deals with seppuku. The world would probably be a better place if more people felt the same. Sure, being Japanese, he obviously has a sentimental attachment to the precepts of Bushido as part of his national heritage, but he’s also quick to point out its weaknesses and abuses which were rampant.


It was a very interesting book, I really enjoyed exploring the samurai ways of living, I highly recommend it. Or as one disingenuous reviewer put it, “I imagine him expounding on this point while wearing a tophat in a London salon, charming the knickers of some gaggle of Oxbridge twats.

His education and training surely prepared him for the stylistic approach apparent throughout 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. I read this book as i have a general fascination with japan and its sense of morals and values.

Others have criticised the book for its very vushido It were a sad thing if a nation’s soul could die so fast. So it was there that I decided to look at one country somewhere in the Northeast Pacific—Japan. Also helped me to understand some of the underlying principles of Japanese culture.

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Nov 11, JD Estrada rated it liked it. Nitobe shows his strong respect for the Bushido ethical system. Published March 1st by Kodansha International Ltd first published So Nitobe hypothesizes inthat Bushido will die out in Japan as a framework, but survive in the background of the minds of Japanese just as Stoicism survives in the West centuries millenia after the death of Marcus Aurelius.

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Nitobe does a fantastic job of finding unexpected parallels between both Easte I wish all philosophy books were more like this! Project Gutenberg 58, free nitobee.

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