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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Refresh and try again. Why would Nitobe not ov the people who were these warriors to explain their belief systems and their insight into the true nature of Bushido? I guess that a historian would find it fascinating for just this reason.

Musashi won over 60 duels – often by using his two swords, and a peculiar strategy of arriving late to the scene. Born before the Meiji Restorationhe brings a Nitobe specifically wrote this book in to comparatively explain bushido to an occidental audience.

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Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Actually, I know the reason I bought it. The writer has a spiritual idea about Japan, about Bushido and that is what he speaks about. The author makes a great point that now over inazi since he wrote 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 What an interesting little book! Well, not that I don’t like this book because it gives me the sufferings relating to my souul If we want to know about Japan, or any other country, we can look it up on the internet in a few moments.

Articles lacking in-text citations from November All articles busyido in-text citations. Even more, because at the same time he presents without realizing, the society and main references of the European society at his time. And that is the main weakness of the book.


If still say this book is of value even reading now and a lot of the psyche and practice comparisons throughout the book between the West and Japanese are relevant to this day.

But I guess that’s just how people wrote back inwhich is when the book was published.

I do not mean in only the martial arts and other cultural activities, but in the fostering and development of Japanese people today. On the whole, people have ambivalent feelings about feudal times. It therefore has the result of telling the reader perhaps more about feudal Japanese society and culture than even the author intended.

Looking back on the dogged nature of canine fiction With the success of ‘s “The Traveling Cat Chronicles” joining a clutter of bbushido feline-linked Japanese tales, cats definitely receive literary affection in Japan.

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Slul where is Bushido going? 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.

Even so, there are certain aspects of this, like the talk of seppuku and the sword that are fascinating, and others not so much. Second, Nitobe’s sources are a bit suspect.

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Modern society, if it pretends to any unity, cannot admit “purely personal obligations devised in the interests nitibe an exclusive class. Hardcoverpages. This is evident especially when you compare generations in the Japanese, many of the elderly still have that fire and passion in them, where now the youth are focused on more trivial matters and pursuits with little tge no interest in their own nation’s heritage.

He also studied abroad in America and Germany, and converted to Christianity. The 20th century was going to be very different to the 19th. Is Nitobe really the proper intobe to speak for the people of Japan?


The legendary samurai Musashi won over 60 duels – often by using his two swords, and a peculiar strategy of arriving late to the scene.

You will find many examples from the European and American cultures describing Bushido. The transition, the changes in society greatly affected outward manifestation of bushido ideals, but he alludes to a deeper collective unconscious, the soul of Japan. He wrote it in English, later translated into Japanese, and he breaks down the tenets of bushido or the ways of the warrior, bushi warrior and do way and placed them within the historical context of chivalry and knighthood.

It is hard to take away the fact that Nitobe is an intellectual. The former was painful; the latter verged on cultural chauvinism. It is thought-provoking, and is one of those books to be read slowly and conscientiously.

Third, Nitobe’s expertise in not in Japanese cultural studies, but in western literature and philosophy. The following is some parts that caught my attention: All in all, this is a very interesting and thought-provoking book – and not the least because it’s not written as a scholarly study by an outsider, but by a man trying to explain and, in some senses, justify his own culture.

Not that this is necessarily wrong, but the problem lies in the fact that this is all there is.

By the time he returned to Japan he had published one book in English and German and had earned the first of five doctoral degrees two of them honorary.