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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Nitobe was not from a samurai family but a brilliant educator, writer, diplomat and politician. This book was immeasurably helpful when it comes to giving an insight into where their beliefs came from and the thinking behind it.

A book written by a Westernized Japanese scholar,to answer Westerners’ questions teh the Japanese mentality and Bushido. Again, instead of saying a society is better or worse, it’s an interesting look to thf that different is not measurable. When I read these comparisons, it brought up mostly negative images even though it was clear that the author meant it to be a positive image.

Bushido: The awakening of Japan’s modern identity

The required separation between money and notobe was necessary to maintain a balance between the powerful and the rich. This is partly because, as a latecomer to the world of 19th-century imperialism, Japan did not want to be seen as a second-class imitator of the West. This book is short, and accessibly written provided you view ordinary late nineteenth-century writing as accessible. The book first introduces bushido as an ethical system, and then it explains the effect that Buddhism, Shintoism, and Confucianism played in the development of this system.

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The 20th century was going to be very different to the 19th. Near the end, Nitobe then discusses the influences of Bushido, whether it still survives up to this day before concluding about its future. Does anyone know the current reputation of the author Inazo Nitobe Am among literary Japanese? 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.


This was great for understanding, buxhido much so that even though its a small book, it took a long time to read because i was caught for long periods of time in a contemplative spell. Not only is it interesting to study the roots of Japanese ethics, feudalism and notions of valor; but this book really made me think about some American things outside my normal sphere of reference – for example life for US military families, how moral relationships like the governing and the governed differ in various countries or political partiesand also differing cultural views of self-control, respect for enemies, disdain for the intellectual, etc.

Since the 18th century, Japan has tried to adopt Shintoism as its national religion, but has not succeeded in finding a replacement for Bushido. Jul 31, Judith rated it liked it Shelves: Preview — Bushido by Inazo Nitobe.

Hardcoverpages. Aug 09, Busnido Morton rated it it was amazing. Of course Japan is rich in abundance with many unique festivities and whatnot, but a lot of people do these solely because it’s always been done, and even though many have religious connotations, Japan is now one of the least religious nations in the world.

Ethics, Social usages, Etiquette, Religion.

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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. Do degrees of industrialization count? Predating both World Wars, the idea and conscience of Bushido probably seemed much more alive back then that it does today. Actually, I never intended to read this book or to finish it in one sitting, but alas it happened.

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, intobe it doesn’t feel as entirely authentic as it might have. However, it’s important to remember that since this was written inthe attitude to women in the West wasn’t much different.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I would advise you to give this one a pass. Younger nihobe may find it uninteresting, and though its nature is clear and concise, the book has to be read carefully to grasp what is written. A best-seller in its day, it was read by many influential bushieo, among them President Theodore RooseveltPresident John F. Our views of virtue have changed, bushiod in some sense remain the same. And so Bushido, albeit corrupted just like corrupted ideas of Chivalry, survive in the Japanese nnitobe.


May be this method was what me dislike the book. The Soul of Japan is almost poetic. Scholarly Resources [reprint ] Western influences in modern Japan; a series of papers on cultural relations, by Inazo Nitobe and others.

The feudal system was abolish only around 30 years before the publication of this book, so numerous living sources were available at that time. It’s clear to see he’s widely travelled and very hushido read, but the case is never truly convincing. Well, not that I don’t like this book because it gives me the sufferings relating to onazo dissertation!

A Quaker, Nitobe draws heavily on nitbe 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.

The role of women in Japanese society seems more active at least as presented by the authoralthough always reduced to the back side.

It also acts as a nice companion to any of the James Clavell samurai novels, which I’m sure Clavell pulled a great deal from this book. Still, this acts as a sort of winsome time capsule of the better times. This can be seen in his reliance on western sources to help explain his concept of samurai ethics. But I think that’s more the subject matter rather than the actual writing, since the actual writing verges on being pedantic at times.

I live and work inaoz Korea but my boss, raised in Japan originally told me, “This book is the key to understanding the Japanese mind. The swordsmith was not a mere artisan but an inspired artist and his workshop a sanctuary.