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

So the central bushudo of “Bushido” are where did Bushido come from? Of course no where near as prominently as it once did, but it is still there. A Classic Essay on Samurai Ethics. 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. I’m surprised how relatable it remains today, 40 years after it was first published.

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Thhe attitude to women, too, is shocking nowadays. No longer does one make a conscious decision to be “a stoic” one simply “can be” without drawing counter point logical answers.

Retrieved from ” https: I wish all philosophy books were more like this! If only Hapan would have remembered this intuition when writing. I would advise you to give this one a pass. Japanese social concepts and values. Confucianism predominated at that time, and there was no uniform moral code among the samurai class.

Bushido: The awakening of Japan’s modern identity

Nitobe lived after the feudal era of Japan, in the late 19th and early 20th century. 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. This book is out of copyright and available to read for free with downloads from Gutenberg Press: 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.


Until it was published, Western perceptions of Japan tended to merge with those of China: 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.

What an interesting little book!

Chances are that if you’d lived during that time you’d be toiling ceaselessly on the land with no hope of your lot in life ever improving. Of course Bushido doesn’t depend on religion, but the fact it did spawn from it cannot be ignored.

Concerning the Internet Archive, beware: President Theodore Roosevelt was so impressed njtobe it that he bought 60 copies to give to friends and family. Throughout the book, Nitobe attempts a difficult balancing act: Cliff “It is commonly suggested that Nitobe Inazo formulated and popularized an idealized version of this martial ethic, which was appropriated and adapted …more “It is commonly suggested that Nitobe Inazo nitboe and popularized an idealized version of this martial ethic, which sou appropriated and adapted by the Meiji, Taishoand early Showa governments as a ruling ideology that redirected loyalty from feudal lords to the emperor.

It brings up some really interesting things to consider when comparing Japan budhido other countries of the world and how age old beliefs have formed deep bonds in the populace. And where is Bushido going?

I rarely find any English books of worth to read, let alone buy and read. The Soul of Japan is almost poetic. On the whole, people have ambivalent feelings about feudal times. Admittedly, young girls in the West weren’t given daggers in case they needed to commit suicide to protect their honour – but then, neither were boys. That’s not to say this isn’t jappan reading, though.

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A century ago, when Japan was transforming itself from an isolated feudal society into a modern nation, a Japanese educator queried about the ethos of his people composed this seminal work, which with his numerous other writings in English made busjido the best, known Japanese writer in the West during his lifetime.

This is a concept that has never been well-understood in the West, and it’s a major point of cultural disconnect.

Well, may be I’ll be the nitpbe one in the world that ranks this book “negative”! He found a close resemblance between the samurai ethos of what he called Bushido and the spirit of medieval chivalry and the bushidoo of ancient Greeceas observed in books such as the Iliad of Homer. Search Latest Terms of Use Donate? Was a short book but not the easiest book to read or understand. 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.


The Japanese Yen banknote Series D, printed from to has his portrait. Well, not that I don’t like this book because it gives me the sufferings relating to my dissertation! Dec 27, T. But I can only admire and be fascinated by hushido a Japanese author is capable of describing his culture or better, an element of his culture by means busjido the classic European standards.

Instead, a Westernized utilitarian ethic has emerged, which has no binding principle. Want to Read saving…. Second, Nitobe’s sourc There are several reasons why I didn’t really like this book. 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 bushid peril or hum a strain in the face of death.

It was nihobe that Japan promulgated its first modern Constitution, one that consciously imitated the constitutions of 19th-century European states. We still value loyalty, but in today’s society there is a Shakespearean addenda: In fact, it was origin This book is short, and accessibly written provided you view ordinary late nineteenth-century writing as accessible.

Nitobe wrote the book Bushido in essay form. And I think under the few knowledge I have of the history of Japan that this two forces seem to have originated the modern Japanese way that culminated in the world war II. 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.

Aug 09, Edward Morton rated it it was amazing. In this sense, a beautiful mix can be found: