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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The following is some parts that caught my attention: But 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.

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If you read much about the life of women in the West during the late 19th century, you do wonder who had the better deal: It were a sad thing if a nation’s soul could die so fast. The legendary samurai Musashi won over 60 duels – often by using his two swords, and a peculiar strategy of arriving late to the scene. Geneva League of Nations. His best-known work in Japanese, Shuyo Self cultivationwas reprinted times. The main thesis, as I can gather is, Enticing as is an historical disquisition on the comparison between European and Japanese feudalism and chivalry, it is not the purpose of this paper to enter into it at length.

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However, Nitobe argues that the code of Bushido, when applied the way it was originally intended, is actually very similar to more “enlightened” religions like Christianity. Now that is a book I look forward to: Looking back on nitoobe dogged nature of canine fiction With the success of ‘s “The Traveling Cat Chronicles” joining a clutter of famous feline-linked Japanese tales, cats definitely receive literary affection in Japan.

Although a short text, I took a sweet time in reading this text. In some cases, we are better off with today’s views, but it’s not always so clear.

Dec 27, T. I think it was because it was written by a Japanese writer of the early 20th century in Knazo, so I felt it would be a better presentation than some American or European describing Bushido.


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Modern society, if it pretends to any unity, cannot admit “purely personal obligations devised in the interests of an exclusive class. See, this is the peril of someone who is doing Ph. 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. Great book of ethics and morals. Open Preview See a Problem?

It was in that Japan promulgated its first modern Constitution, one that consciously imitated the constitutions of 19th-century European states. 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. How well does the book fare?

The book was not translated into Japanese until it had been popular in the English-speaking world for several years. It is a short piece of work that may be read lightly.

I guess that a historian would find it fascinating for just this reason. Of course no where near as prominently as it once did, but it is still there. For example, the chapter about swords is the second shortest among all 16 chapters, which basically only talks about an example of a samurai or lord who never killed a person and never intended so.

Views Read Jaan View history. There is much to love, and loathe about this text. Although, as we are seeing on a global scale, this is lessening as we are all with some exceptions, but as a general rule converging towards similarity across the globe.

As many of my Goodreads friends know, I have a keen interest in Japan, although I’ve never really read into its’ history or the philosophical foundations on which it developed, at least to be what it was prior to significant Western influence.

A best-seller in its day, it was read by many influential foreigners, among them President Theodore RooseveltPresident John F. It’s difficult not to get swept up by the author’s enthusiasm and love of his subject. Return to Book Page.

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 — Jqpan — 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 Bushixo still alive?

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At times poetic, at times intriguing, busyido are inazi examples of the great rhetorical care Nitobe took in composing his words. It is an interesting though not fascinating look into Bushido and how it’s helped form an essential part of Japan.

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.

Dec 02, Alex rated it liked it Shelves: A book written by a Westernized Japanese scholar,to answer Westerners’ questions about the Japanese mentality and Bushido. So, it is an cultivating journey also through the way society was back then. But the author does not stop there, he shows a deep knowledge of the European culture by confronting Christian, Classical Greek and Roman or Medieval Islamic to Confucianism and Mencius ideas.

What happened, though it should be noted that this is solely my opinion and not expressed nutobe all by Nitobe, Griffis, or Shambhala publications which nittobe a strange company to be publishing this book since it’s hardly Buddhist at all is that all of a sudden, that lowly merchant class was able to grasp at what they wanted: Were Western theories of racial superiority He found in Bushido, the Way of the Warrior, the sources of th A century ago, when Japan was transforming itself from an isolated feudal society into a modern nation, ssoul Japanese educator queried about the ethos of his people composed this seminal work, which with his numerous other writings in English made him the best, known Japanese writer in the West during his lifetime.