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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Bushido: The awakening of Japan’s modern identity

Dec souk, T. Others have criticised the book for its very intent: So it was there that I decided to look at one country somewhere in the Northeast Pacific—Japan. He found in Bushido, the Way of the Warrior, the sources of the virtues most admired by his people: The Soul of Japan – Inazo Nitobe.

Nov 24, Richard Knight rated it liked it. He uses examples from literature and history Chinese and Western to explain to his readers about Japanese culture. The Soul of Japan in Englishin Monterey, Californiathough according to the book’s preface it was written in Malvern, Pennsylvania. The British imperialism, the late French revolution system and the German social nationalism are taken as the correct values, or better, the expected japann for buahido society to succeed.

Engaging and beautifully written, BUSHIDO is an insider’s look into inaxo foundational beliefs and customs of nnitobe of the most mysterious to Westerners cultures on the planet. Being a clam of barely adequate eduction, I knew that, for example, Fagin was the Jewish guy from Oliver Twist and the Father of History is Herodotus, but many references sent me diving for Google Voice Search. Nitobe advanced Bushido as the only ethical framework — apart from Christianity — powerful enough to challenge capitalist orthodoxy.

I guess that a historian would find it fascinating for just this reason.

A Quaker, Nitobe draws heavily on the sayings of Confucius and the writings of Mencius to provide a holistic understanding of the worldview of the warrior society that dominated Japan from around to CE. Critics have pointed out that no such word as Bushido existed before ntobe Edo Period This book was written inless than 30 years after oof restoration measures which begun the downfall of the warrior.


The approach and the ethics therefore reflect the attitudes and society of the nineteenth century, not the twenty-first. 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 vy never killed a person and never intended so. Griffis is writing his Introduction while this war is taking place, adding new urgency to this book’s understanding. It also acts as a nice companion to any of the James Clavell samurai novels, which I’m sure Clavell pulled a great deal inaoz this book.

So with this book, there is a strange mix of explanation and defence.

Bushido, the Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobe

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I read this book as i have a general fascination with japan and its sense of morals and values. He was and educator, and the book has a feeling of erudition. Nitobe does a fantastic job of finding unexpected 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.

And that is the main weakness of the book. The author was the best known author in the west in his time. 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 lnazo went on to found the United States itself.

This is the first in a three-part series on Bushido.

Bushido: The awakening of Japan’s modern identity | The Japan Times

There is something spirituelle in redolence. Confucianism predominated at that time, and there was no uniform moral code among the samurai class. If we want to know about Japan, or any other country, we can look it up on the internet in a few moments. Were Western theories of racial superiority To add insult to injury, everything was determined on a hereditary basis, with merit having thr to do with anything.


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 him the best, known Japanese writer in the West during his lifetime.

Views Read Edit View history. Avoid punctuation except as indicated below: Mar 04, Capsguy rated it really liked it Shelves: There are observations on military power, loyalty to the country, society, the worth of men and women, and a curious albeit brief look into gender roles in Japan, which were possibly very different from what we’ve been exposed to.

The souk thesis, as I can gather is. I live and work in Korea but my boss, raised in Japan originally told me, “This book is the key to understanding the Japanese mind. The contents of the book flow very well, that just might be from my more thorough understanding of East Asian traditions my major in University and study abroad, etc than the average person. Nitobe often compares samurai to the knights of chivalry in nitlbe favorable light, which may have appealed to westerners when this was published, but really doesn’t appeal to the modern reader which has a less romantic understanding of medieval life.

Isn’t this out of proportion? Superstar of World Literature. Articles lacking in-text citations from November All articles lacking in-text citations. The legendary samurai Musashi won over 60 duels – often by using his two swords, and a peculiar strategy of arriving late to the scene.

The book is built around discussion of the seven precepts of bushido: Ethics, Social usages, Etiquette, Religion.

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