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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In fact, it was origin This book is short, and accessibly written provided you view ordinary late nineteenth-century writing as accessible.

I guess that a historian would find it fascinating for just this reason. The Soul of Japan The irresistible tide of triumphant democracy, which can tolerate no form or shape of trust—and Bushido was a trust organized by those who monopolized reserve capital of intellect and culture, fixing the grades and value of moral qualities—is alone powerful enough to engulf the remnant of Bushido. Osame-to and read more. Read as a time coded document it is very interesting. Mar 04, Capsguy rated it really liked it Shelves: I live and sokl in Korea but my boss, raised in Japan originally told me, “This book is the key to understanding the Japanese inzzo.

But I think that’s more the subject matter rather than the actual writing, since the actual writing verges on being pedantic at times. Nitobe sought similarities and contrasts by citing the shapers of European and American thought and civilization going back to the Romansthe Tje and Biblical times.

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Bushido, the Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobe

For reference, since the Shambhala cover and the relatively unknown nature of the book but not its concept could imply otherwise, “Bushido” was published at the turn of the 20th Nitoe, and some historical inao is in order. The book was later on translated to Japanese. He then goes on to explain in excruciating detail the mindset of the modern Japanese man at he beginning of the 20th Yhe using poignant examples from the Bible, Shakespeare, and Greco-Roman mythology that the average westerner today and in would be well aware of.

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He never once cites any documentary evidence or any testimony from any living samurais. The present societary forces are antagonistic to petty class spirit, and Chivalry is, as Freeman severely criticizes, a class spirit.

I have given a justification for praise, now is the time for critique. It is, however, a good book if one wishes to learn about the foundations of Japanese culture as a whole.

It was written in When I read these comparisons, it brought up mostly negative images even though it was clear that the author meant it to be a positive image. Bushido as an ethical system — Sources of Bushido — Rectitude or justice — Courage, the spirit of daring and bearing — Benevolence, the feeling of distress — Politeness — Veracity or truthfulness — Honor — The duty of loyalty — Education and training of a Samurai — Self-control — The institutions of suicide and redress — The sword, the soul of the Samurai — The training and position of woman — The influence of Bushido — Is Bushido still alive?

Seriously, I had to read certain lines three or four times just to get the gist of what he was saying, which felt totally unnecessary.

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. People interested in Japanese history and culture.

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The role of women in Japanese society seems more active at least as presented by the authoralthough always reduced to the back side. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. We cannot share the admiration of the Europeans for their roses, which lack the simplicity of our flower.

It is unfair to expect a nineteenth-century Japanese man to have exactly the same moral values as twenty-first century Westerners. Jan 19, Steven Walle rated it it was amazing. May 15, Andrea rated it really napan it.

The author makes a great point that now over years since he wrote this that Bushido 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. So in all religious ceremonies frankincense and myrrh play a prominent part.

It was different at the end of the nineteenth century: The legendary sources that he cites are exceptional, not typical, which is why they have come down to us as legend.


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Jan 04, Peter W rated it really liked it Shelves: Even don Quijote appears as a common frame to expose how absurd some situations could be. Nitobe often compares samurai to the knights of chivalry in a favorable light, which may have appealed to westerners when this was published, but really doesn’t appeal to the modern reader which has a less romantic understanding of medieval life.

This book is short, and accessibly written provided you view ordinary late nineteenth-century writing as accessible. The author was the best known author in the west in his time.

I enjoyed it a great deal, as romanticised and flawed as it is, more as a historical document than an actual history book.

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And I think under the few knowledge I inazoo of the history kf Japan that this two forces seem to have originated the modern Japanese way that culminated in the world war II. The book itself is an insightful exposition into the core aspects of the pre-Meiji Japanese culture that still leaves an influence today in modern Japan.

Honestly, I have really enjoyed this essay. Finally, I’m really surprised of the deep cultural knowledge the author has. So, it is an cultivating journey also through the way society was back then. Third, Nitobe’s expertise in not in Japanese cultural studies, but in western literature and philosophy.

Roosevelt bought five copies A best-seller in its day, it was read by many influential foreigners, among them President Theodore Roosevelt that bought five copies of the book, President John F. For a year-old native Japanese writing in flawless English, the book is a tour-de-force of erudition. It is just an impression though, I don’t have enough background to judge this. Combista rated it really liked it Shelves: A Class The relationship between ethos and ethics seems evident.

While it was a nice read, it doesn’t really tell you anything about Bushido as such.

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