Does anyone know the current reputation of the author Inazo Nitobe Am among From there, I decided to read Bushido: The Soul of Japan by Nitobe Inazo. : Bushido: The Soul of Japan (): Inazo Nitobe: Books. Bushido: The Soul of Japan (The Way of the Warrior Series) [Inazo Nitobe] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A century ago, when Japan.

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Sure, being Japanese, he obviously has a sentimental attachment to the precepts of Bushido as part of his national heritage, but he’s also quick to point out its weaknesses and abuses which were rampant. Nov 24, Richard Knight rated it liked it.

Bushido: The awakening of Japan’s modern identity

Even don Quijote appears as a common frame to expose how absurd some situations could be. It was written by a Japanese man who had seen the fall of the feudal system, to explain Nitobbe and, particularly, samurai culture to Westerners. Nitobe illustrates his points with examples from Japanese mythology and epic historical poems which obviously were not buxhido to be taken literally. Bushido as an ethical system — Sources of Bushido — Rectitude or justice — Courage, the spirit of daring and bearing — Budhido, 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?

Nitobe specifically wrote this book in to comparatively explain bushido to an occidental audience. And that is the main weakness of the book.


When Nitobe was asked how Japan could have had any sense of morality since religion did not play any particular role in the upbringing of Japanese youngsters, he suddenly came u 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.

I recommend this book to all who want to understand the character of the Japanese people. Japan — Social life and customs. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. The legendary sources that he cites are exceptional, not typical, which is why they have come down to us as legend.

Sharkskin and finest silk for hilt, silver and gold for guard, lacquer of varied hues for scabbard, robbed the deadliest weapon of half its terror; but these nitobf are playthings compared with the blade itself The swordsmith was not a mere artisan but an inspired artist and his workshop a sanctuary. He did this rather successfully, even if some readers including myself a century later would prefer our study of oriental culture and philosophy mixed with oriental history and anecdotes.

Scratch a Japanese of the most advanced ideas, and he will show a samurai. He uses examples from literature and history Chinese and Western to explain to his readers about Japanese nittobe. I find this book lack of objectivity in overly idealizing Bushido. Also by Inazo Nitobe. And in my edition, William E. Second, Nitobe’s sources are a bit suspect. The writer has a spiritual idea about Japan, about Bushido and that is what he speaks about.

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.


Other interesting details discuss the whole ritual of seppuku and comparing this act with other practices of suicide.

This was not necessarily what I expected. The Soul of Japan is a powerful presentation and a moving book with ideas as relevant today as they were years ago.

May 15, Andrea rated it really liked it. However, it’s important to remember that since this was written inthe attitude to women in the West wasn’t much different.

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It was written in I’d still say this book is of value bsuhido reading now and a lot of the psyche and practice comparisons throughout the book between the West and Japanese are relevant to this day. Nitobe lived after the feudal era of Japan, in the late 19th and early 20th century.

On the one hand, he delved into the indigenous traditions, into Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucianism and the moral guidelines handed down over hundreds of years by Japan’s samurai and sages.

It also acts as a nice companion to any of the James Clavell samurai novels, which I’m sure Clavell pulled a great deal from this book.

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