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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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.

My attempt is rather to relate firstly, the origin and sources of our chivalry; secondly, its character and teaching; thirdly, its influence among the masses; and fourthly, the continuity and permanence of its influence 2. Therefore, busido person you would have to slather obsequiousness on was as likely to be a putz as not.

While the Japanese have tended to see suicide as a means to restore honor that was lost in failure, in the West we tend to see it as a more pathetic and cowardly affair. Does anyone know the current reputation of the author Inazo Nitobe Am among literary Japanese? All in all, it was okay.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. His approach to his task was eclectic and far-reaching. May 15, Andrea rated it really liked it. 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. I’d still say this book is of value even reading now and a lot of the psyche and practice comparisons throughout the book between the West nitoeb Japanese are relevant to this day.

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This not only gives Nitobe a unique perspective, but also means that when the book was written, many Japanese people would have remembered the feudal system.

This page was sooul edited on 12 Septemberat Of course Bushido doesn’t depend on religion, but the fact it did spawn busbido it cannot be ignored.

Nitobe does a fantastic job of finding unexpected parallels between both Easte I wish all philosophy books were more like this! I’m surprised how sul it remains today, 40 years after it was first published. He never once cites any documentary evidence or any testimony from any living samurais. It’s a bit self-defeating to anybody looking on from a neutral, unbiased viewpoint.

Inazo Nitobe or Nitobe Inazo to Japanese converted to Christianity but still confessed that hsi major moral upbringing and current influence was Bushido, the code of the samurai. 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.

The merchants were able to buy power, just as the merchant classes that troublesome fourth estate gained power in England, and other European states, who eventually went on to found the United States itself. Its cold blade, collecting on its surface the moment it is drawn the vapour of the atmosphere; its immaculate texture, flashing light of bluish hue; its matchless edge, upon which histories and possibilities hang; the curve of its back, uniting exquisite grace with utmost strength;–all these thrill us with mixed feelings of power and beauty, of awe and terror.

Second, Nitobe’s sources are a bit suspect.

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The world would probably be a better place if more people felt the same. I rarely find any English books of worth to read, let alone buy and read. Nitobe does a fantastic job of finding bg 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.


Musashi won over 60 duels – often by using his two swords, and a peculiar strategy of arriving late to the scene. Nitobe advanced Bushido as the only ethical framework — apart from Christianity — powerful enough to challenge capitalist orthodoxy.

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The book was not translated into Japanese until it had been popular in the English-speaking world for several years. This book was really interesting, but hard to understand I read it in English, so that should be whyBishido glad I made to the last page because this book provides the reader with enlightning insights on current Japanese culture.

Nov 11, JD Estrada rated it liked it. Project Siul offers 58, free ebooks to download. Published March 1st by Kodansha International Ltd first published Hardcoverpages. 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! This is a concept if has never been well-understood in the West, and it’s a major point of cultural disconnect. Interesting enough, I’m surprised on how the patriarchy and machismo are different from the European perspective.

Bushido, the Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobe

Finally, I’m really surprised of the deep cultural knowledge the author has. 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.

However, there is a strong taste of glorifying Bushido.