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Bushido, the Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobe

A fine stylist in English, he wrote many books in that language, which earned him a place among the best known Japanese writers of his age. A graphic novel version of the classic book that first introduced Westerners to the samurai ethos.

Bushidonitobe inazo. What Japan was she owed to the samurai. This is definitely a must have for anyone, njtobe just the general reader. Nitobe advanced Bushido as the only ethical framework — apart from Christianity — powerful enough to challenge capitalist orthodoxy. Nushido live and work in Korea but my boss, raised in Japan originally told me, “This book is the key to understanding the Japanese mind. A good intro to Bushido, and the soul of the Japanese Samurai.

Rather than taking aim at saying it’s better or worse than other places or identities, it offers nitobs perception of society through a lens that is often judged from another way of life. I rarely find any English books of worth to read, let alone buy and read. This book was really interesting, but hard to understand I read it in English, so that should be whyI’m glad I made to the last page because this book provides the reader with enlightning insights on current Japanese culture.


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Until it was published, Western perceptions of Japan tended to merge with those of China: It were a sad thing if a nation’s soul could die so fast. For those who had eyes to see, the book heralded a change in the world order. From there, I decided to read Bushido: Bushiro approach to his task was eclectic and far-reaching. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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

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. Interesting enough, I’m surprised on how the patriarchy and machismo are different from the European perspective. This has nothing to do with the moden Japanese society, except for those few who still ascribe to the code. 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.

It is also well-written, and a pleasure to read I read it on an extended subway journey.

Consider the seventh precept, loyalty. And so Bushido, albeit corrupted just like corrupted ideas of Chivalry, survive in the Japanese mindset. To add insult to injury, everything was determined on a hereditary basis, with merit having little to do with anything.

Download Bibrec Bibliographic Record Author Nitobe, Inazo, Title Bushido, the Soul of Japan Contents 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?


With an introduction by William Elliot Griffis. Daily he commenced his craft with prayer and purification, or, as the phrase was, “he committed his soul and spirit into the forging and tempering of the steel. 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.

When men’s fowls and dogs are lost, they know to seek for them again, but they lose their mind and do not know to seek for it. That were a poor soul that could succumb so easily to extraneous influences. In this they went so far as to tinge the ideals of womanhood with Amazonian character.

He wrote this for his father, for a time that had past, and there is an underlining thread of how these tenets when perverted are problematic. I’m surprised how relatable it remains today, 40 years after it was first published.

Others have criticised the book for its very intent: