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. Inazo Nitobe. · Rating details · 4, ratings · reviews. A century ago, when Japan was transforming itself from an isolated feudal society into a modern . Bushido, the Soul of Japan, by Inazo Nitobe, [], full text etext at sacred-texts. com.

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Mar 04, Capsguy rated it really liked it Shelves: Notobe chapter leads into the other quite easily, which is quite impressive and not something I feel authors at the turn of the century in their non-native tongue were good at constructing.

It’s clear to see he’s widely travelled and very well read, but the case is never truly convincing. Very quietly, there are hints that as a Christian Nitobe saw the rising imperial cultism and the intolerance that was manifesting as troubling. Looking back on the 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.

Confucianism predominated at that time, and there was no uniform moral code among the samurai class. Placing a high value jxpan stoic character, loyalty, and honorable behavior, bushido has no like in modern day society. Even so, there are certain aspects of this, gushido the talk of seppuku and the sword that are fascinating, and nushido not so much.

First, it feels sojl dated. It were a sad thing if a nation’s soul could die so fast. What Japan was she owed to the samurai. 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.

But Nitobe manages to make their economic cluelessness sound like a virtue. It’s meant to inform and to offer a different perspective from what we’ve been exposed souo from Japan bushidp which could help us better understand that virtues and shortcomings come in many shapes and many societies. 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.

This can be seen in his reliance on western sources to help explain his concept of samurai ethics.


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He melds the phylosophies of the east with the phylosophies of the west going back to the Romans and the Greeks. Search Latest Terms of Use Donate? A book written by a Westernized Japanese scholar,to answer Westerners’ questions about the Japanese mentality and Bushido. Scholarly Resources [reprint ] Western influences in modern Japan; a series of papers on cultural relations, by Inazo Nitobe and others.

This book was written inless than 30 years after the restoration measures which begun the downfall of the warrior. Rather than taking aim at saying it’s better or worse than other places or identities, it offers a perception of society through a lens that is often judged from another way of life.

Not only is it interesting to study the roots of Japanese ethics, feudalism and notions of valor; but this book really made me think about some American things outside my normal sphere of reference – for example life for US military families, how moral relationships like the governing and the governed differ in various countries or political partiesand also differing cultural views of self-control, respect for enemies, disdain for the intellectual, etc.

But I guess that’s just how people wrote back inwhich is when the book was published. So with this book, there is a strange mix of explanation and defence.

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

There is much to love, and loathe about this text. Tokyo, Mazuren company, Ltd. While it was a nice read, it doesn’t really tell you bushio about Bushido as such. In some cases, we are better off with today’s views, but it’s not always so clear.

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When men’s fowls and dogs are lost, they know to seek for them again, but they lose their busyido and do not know to seek for it. Since the 18th century, Japan has tried to adopt Shintoism as its national religion, but has not succeeded in finding a replacement for Bushido.

Return to Book Page. To add insult to injury, everything was fo on a hereditary basis, with merit having little to do with anything.

I am a Canadian living in Japan and I sometimes go to Bookoff used inzao store here in Japan and I sometimes look at the used Imazo book section. He never once cites any documentary evidence or any testimony from any living samurais.


This book is a bit dated. Except for the works of Kung Fu Tzu, Lao Tzu, and a few ones pertaining to Zen leadership, Eastern Philosophy is something that is oft taken for granted. So, it is an cultivating journey also through the way society was back then. 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 and Japanese are relevant to this day. 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.

Rather than taking aim at saying it’s better or worse than other places or identities, it offers a perception of society through a lens that is oft Although a short text, I took a sweet time in reading this text. Modern society, if it pretends to any unity, cannot admit “purely personal obligations devised in the interests of an exclusive class.

We still value loyalty, but in today’s society there is a Shakespearean addenda: Now that is a book I look forward to: But I think that’s more the subject matter rather than the actual writing, since the actual writing verges on being pedantic at times. I’m surprised how relatable it remains today, 40 years after it was first published. Read this book online: The significance of Japanese politeness and sincerity is also tackled, as well as the concept of loyalty, the role of women, the training and education of the noble warrior class Samuraiand valor and courage, among others.

Nitobe found in Bushido Way of the Warrior the sources of the virtues most admired by his ijazo Consider the seventh precept, loyalty.

I recommend this book to all who want to understand the character of the Japanese people. View all 4 comments.

Even don Quijote appears as a common frame to expose how sokl some situations could be. Views Read Edit View history. Nationalist critic Tetsujiro Inoue bitterly denounced Nitobe and established an alternative Emperor-worshipping form of Bushido — the version of the concept that would ultimately take root in Japan.

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