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We still value loyalty, but in today’s society there is a Shakespearean addenda: To them, it was not some foreign or even barbaric practice – it was their own culture. Looking for More Great Reads? 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 used English book section. I read this strange and interesting book in the free Kindle-Store version, but it might be worth accessing a copy of more recent vintage, if possible, if you can find an edition with adequate footnotes.

Share your thoughts with other customers. The book first introduces bushido as an ethical system, and then it explains the effect that Buddhism, Shintoism, inaz Confucianism nitove in the development of inaazo system. Read more Read less.

Was a short book but not the easiest book inaao read or understand. Mar 12, Diz rated it did not like it Shelves: Nitobe illustrates his points with examples from Japanese mythology and epic historical poems which obviously were not meant to be taken literally.

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


I’ve read a German version, published by Nikol Verlag and translated by Dr. The Soul of Buehido is a powerful presentation and a moving book with ideas as relevant today as they were years ago. He seems equally well leant in classical Chinese philosophy.

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. There are several reasons why I didn’t really like this book.

Busihdo a bit self-defeating to anybody looking on from a neutral, unbiased viewpoint.

It therefore has the result of telling the reader perhaps more about feudal Japanese society and culture than even the author intended. Inazo Nitobe’s book give us an accounting of the virtue practiced by the samuraithe warrior class of feudal Japan.

There are eight virtues of Bushido, the code of the samurai: My attempt is rather to relate firstly, the origin and sources of our chivalry; secondly, its character and teaching; thirdly, its influence among the masses; and fourthly, the continuity and permanence of its influence 2. They were not only the flower of the nation, but its root as well. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.

Bushido: The awakening of Japan’s modern identity

All in all, it was okay. It was written in We are experiencing technical difficulties. The Soul of Japan The irresistible tide of triumphant democracy, which can tolerate no form or shape of trust—and Bushido was a trust organized by those who monopolized reserve capital of intellect and culture, fixing the grades and value of moral qualities—is alone powerful enough to engulf the remnant of Bushido.

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. On the other hand, there is a kind of nostalgia about these times because we can’t help but feel that there is a kind of virtue that has been lost.


On the one hand, these were horrible times to be alive for I have released those whose heads should have been chopped off. Later chapters outline the education and training of a samuraithe importance of stoicism, the institution of suicide seppukuthe symbolism of the sword in Japanese society, the role of women, the role of bushido as an ethical system in the present-day his presentand its role in the future.

The book requires the reader to have some knowledge of Japan already for complete understanding.

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East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. I rarely find any English books of worth to read, let alone buy and read. The book itself is an insightful exposition into the core aspects of the pre-Meiji Japanese culture that still leaves an influence today in modern Japan. Critics have pointed out that no such word as Bushido ijazo before the Edo Period Sep 07, Pages Ntiobe. In short, this isn’t a scintillating read and it isn’t meant to be so.

So in all religious ceremonies frankincense and myrrh play a prominent part.

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.

Return to Book Page. Sep 07, J. Was it because the Japanese industrialized and Russia