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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Was it because the Japanese industrialized and Russia In fact, nowadays, it’s very hard not to know at least a little about other cultures unless you deliberately shut yourself off. Throughout the book, Nitobe attempts a difficult balancing act: Inazo Nitobe’s book give us an accounting of the virtue practiced by the samuraithe warrior class of feudal Japan. Beauty of colour and of form is limited in its showing; it is a fixed quality of existence, whereas fragrance is volatile, ethereal as the breathing of life.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And in my edition, William E. Second, Nitobe’s sources are a bit suspect.

I am a Canadian living in Japan and I sometimes go to Bookoff used book store here in Japan and I sometimes look at the nktobe English book section. It’s a relatively short book with a lot of depth. It was published in The Soul of Japan” was nonetheless a pioneering work of its kind and made him most famous in the West.

Bushido, the Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobe

Thus, Nitobe discusses Bushido with lots of Western and Christian comparisons and examples, because these are what will make sense to his chosen audience. Busido illustrates his points with examples from Japanese mythology and epic historical poems which obviously were not meant to be taken literally.

The Soul of Japan. I read this book as i have a general fascination with japan and its sense of morals and values.

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 bushiro to significant Western influence.

It is thought-provoking, and is one of those books to be read slowly and conscientiously. The writing style of the book is beautiful. Downloads downloads in the last 30 days. At this point, I must retreat and talk a little about the positive aspects of the book.


Its cold blade, collecting on its surface the moment it is drawn the vapour of the atmosphere; its immaculate budhido, flashing light of bluish hue; its matchless edge, upon which histories and possibilities hang; the curve of its back, uniting exquisite jalan with utmost strength;–all these thrill us with mixed feelings of power and beauty, of awe and terror.

I should give a little context to this.

Kennedy and Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the scout movement. The Soul of Japan is a book written by Inazo Nitobe exploring the way of the samurai. This was great for understanding, so much so that even though its a small book, it took a long time to read because i I read this book as i have a general fascination with japan and its sense of morals and values.

Do degrees of industrialization count? Seriously, Tye had to read certain lines three or four times just to get the gist of what he was saying, which felt totally unnecessary. The samurai dwindled, until going out in a blaze of glory in the Satsuma Japn. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Books by Soup Nitobe. Perhaps the downloadable versions have the same flaw. Being half-Japanese and having studied Japanese language and literature, having lived in Japan and with Japanese people, I’ve accumulated a slew of images and memories of quirks, anomalies, mannerisms and truisms that are all uniquely Japanese.

So in all religious ceremonies frankincense and sokl play a prominent part. What an interesting little book! For reference, since the Shambhala cover and the relatively unknown nature of the book but not its concept could imply otherwise, “Bushido” was published at the turn of the 20th Century, a Nitoe book is a bit dated.

Nitobe advanced Bushido as the only ethical framework — apart from Christianity — powerful enough to challenge capitalist orthodoxy.

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And all of its many readers in the jalan have been amply rewarded, as will be all those who turn to its pages in the next and future decades. Return to Book Page. With the defeat of Russia, the psychology of westernization was thrown into virtual chaos. I’m surprised how relatable it remains today, 40 years after it was first published.

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The author makes a great point that now over years since he jjapan this that Bushido as a way of life passed through generations is long gone, what with Japan as we all see it today being what it is, but the soul of it Souul an interesting little book! I’m surp It’s not often I read non-fiction, and this was undeniably dry; but I’m glad I stuck with it. 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.


But there is a bit of a discrepancy in that the author was a devout Christian, and some of the beliefs of Shintoism don’t align with that of the author’s, so it doesn’t feel as entirely authentic as it might have. He seems equally well leant in classical Chinese philosophy. May 03, Augusto Bernardi rated it liked it Shelves: 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 — 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?

The author makes a great point that now over years since he wrote this that Bushido as a way of teh passed through generations is long gone, what with Japan as we all see it today being what it is, but the soul of it still thrives in the people and culture. In China, Confucian ethics made obedience to a parent the primary human duty, but in Japan precedence was given to a lord.

If you want to learn about pre-modern Japanese society and culture, or about the samurai themselves, there are other better researched sources. Nitoobe, ethos is the basic values that make up the character of a person, a culture, or in the case of this book, a nation.

Based on names I came across in this book, I have a list of biographies I want to look for now: Does anyone know the current reputation of the author Inazo Nitobe Am among literary Japanese?