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What solidifies the stars nushido that it makes the reader think as it implies hard HARD questions about culture, society, colonialism, and westernization.

To add insult to injury, everything was determined on a hereditary nitbe, with merit having little to do with anything. It is also well-written, and a pleasure to read I read it on an extended subway journey. Sincerity, which is also referred to as veracity or honesty, is also seen differently today.

I enjoyed it a great deal, as romanticised and flawed as it is, more as a historical document than an actual history book.

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

Nitobe shows his strong respect for the Bushido ethical system. World Championships Results of the kendo competitions held every third year since Contrariwise, ethos is the basic values that make up the character of a person, a culture, or in the case of this book, a nation.

Nowadays, it’s shocking to read the story of an eight-year-old samurai boy being order to commit seppuku ceremonial suicide by disembowelment and actually doing it. Nitobe was a man who must have loved to hear himself talk. When used as a noun, Ethics is the philosophical study of principles relating to the conduct of right or wrong actions.

Japanese social concepts and values. Our views of virtue have changed, but in some sense remain the same.

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Superstar of World Literature. Nitobe wrote the book Bushido in essay form. It was written nitoeb This book contains many quotes from priests and scrolls which give a better understanding of the many ways in which the samurai code can be interpreted. I’m as tough as a bag of mini-marshmallows, so it didn’t do a lot for me, but you could do a lot worse than try to follow the behavioral dicta of this book, since it implies that self-denial and restrain are worthwhile qualities.


There is a significant amount of referencing to scholarly works and philosophical texts, both Eastern and Western throughout rhe book so readers from Shakespeare to Confucius may be interested in this man’s explanations of such an important part of Japan’s life.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I’d 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. The swordsmith was not a mere artisan but an inspired artist and his workshop a sanctuary.

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

You will find many examples from the European and American cultures describing Bushido. It’s value as a depository of Japanese culture, less so. The Modern Samurai Bushido: For reference, since the Shambhala cover and the relatively unknown nature of the book but not its concept could imply otherwise, “Bushido” was published at the turn of the 20th Century, a This book is a bit dated.

I did particularly like the chapter about Harakiri. So Nitobe hypothesizes inthat Bushido will die out in Japan as a framework, but survive in the background of the minds of Japanese just as Stoicism survives in the West centuries millenia after the death of Marcus Aurelius. Interesting enough, I’m surprised on how the patriarchy and machismo are different from the European perspective.

Or as one disingenuous reviewer put it, “I imagine him expounding on this point while wearing a tophat in a London salon, charming the knickers of some gaggle of Oxbridge twats.

He melds the phylosophies of the east with the phylosophies of the west going back to the Romans and the Greeks. Were Western theories of racial superiority This book was immeasurably helpful when it comes to giving an insight into where their beliefs came from and the thinking behind it.


Nitobe lived after the feudal era of Japan, in the late 19th and early 20th century. This book is a bit dated.

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Of course Bushido doesn’t depend on religion, but the fact it did spawn from it cannot be ignored. This can be seen in his reliance on western sources to help explain his concept of samurai ethics. The legendary samurai Musashi won over 60 duels – nitobbe by using his two swords, and a peculiar strategy of arriving late to the scene.

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.

This page was last edited on 12 Septemberat In fact, it was originally written in English and only later translated into Japanese. There are observations on military power, loyalty to the country, society, the worth of men and women, and a curious albeit brief look into gender roles in Japan, which were possibly very different from what we’ve been exposed to.

The prices of goods in Japan dropped dramatically and the price of her domestic goods rose as they were prepared for foreign export the opening of Japan is usually used as a prime example of the good of free trade.

There is something spirituelle in redolence.