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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The world would probably be a better place if more people felt the same. I was more hoping for some warrior ways of life Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Avoid punctuation except as indicated below: This book is a bit dated. 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. It is an interesting though not fascinating look into Bushido and how it’s helped form an essential part of Japan. He did this rather successfully, even if some readers including myself a century later would prefer our study of oriental culture and philosophy mixed with oriental history and anecdotes.

Perfect as a work of art, setting at defiance its Toledo and Damascus rivals, there was more than art could impart. Although a short text, I took a sweet time in reading this text. Musashi won over 60 duels – often by using his two swords, and a peculiar strategy of arriving late to the scene. The Soul of Japan.

Therefore, that person you would have to slather obsequiousness on was as likely to be a pu On the whole, people have ambivalent feelings about feudal times. In our age, it seems like people sometimes read this book to try to fill their God-shaped hole, especially if you are a tough guy or aspiring tough guy who wants a dignified philosophical background for your life of conflict and combat.


Published March 1st by Kodansha International Ltd first published I enjoyed it a great deal, as romanticised and flawed as it is, more as a historical document than an actual history book.

Ultimately, there is some good discussion about the eight virtues of Bushido ; viz.

Bushido: The awakening of Japan’s modern identity

The author was the best known author in the west in his time. The legendary hitobe that he cites are exceptional, not typical, which is why they have come down to us as legend.

From there, I decided to read Bushido: Roosevelt bought five copies A best-seller in its day, it was read by many influential foreigners, among them President Theodore Roosevelt that bought five copies of the book, President John F.

Using analogies that western European readers would be familiar with from ancient Greek philosophers to Nietzsche. While it was a nice read, it doesn’t really tell you anything about Bushido as such. Not all intents are for understanding.

The Soul of Japan in Englishin Monterey, Californiathough according to the book’s preface it was written in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

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I wish all philosophy books were more like this! Nitobe wrote the book Bushido in essay form. Preview — Bushido by Inazo Nitobe. Nitobe sought similarities and contrasts by citing the shapers of European and American thought and civilization going back to the Romansthe Greeks and Biblical times. In the heat of battle he remains cool; in the midst of catastrophes he keeps level his mind. Aug 09, Edward Morton rated it it was amazing.


Bushido, the Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobe

This book was written inless than 30 years after the restoration measures which begun the downfall of the jzpan. Five doctoral degress Nitobe was a fine stylist in English; he wrote five out of his sixteen volumes in that language, which earned him a place among the best known Japanese writers of his age.

In some cases, we are better off with today’s views, but it’s not always so clear. For reference, since the Shambhala cover and the relatively unknown nature oof the book but not its concept could imply otherwise, “Bushido” was published at the turn of the 20th Century, and some historical context is in order.

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

Of course no where near as prominently as it once did, but it is still there. I rarely find any English books of worth to read, let alone nitobf and read. Jul 31, Judith rated it liked it Shelves: Over the past century, his book has been reprinted more than times and translated into dozens of languages.

The Soul of Japan by Nitobe Inazo. World Championships Results of the kendo competitions held every third year since Hardcoverpages. It was written by a Japanese man who had seen the fall of the feudal system, to explain Japanese and, particularly, samurai culture to Westerners.