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

One of the books he wrote during this period was Bushido: Morioka, IwateJapan. I jitobe advise you to give this one a pass. In fact, it was origin This book is short, and accessibly written provided you view ordinary late nineteenth-century writing as accessible.

Some people have criticised this book for its ethics in general – but I think this is unjust, as it’s a book of its time. Based on names I came across in this book, I have a list of biographies I want to look for now: The book is built around discussion of the seven precepts of bushido: In the following chapters, he discusses things that may be foreign to a lot of westerners like the practice of self-immolation or seppuku, as well as the importance of honor in the battlefield.

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To us the country is more than land and soil from which to mine gold or to reap grain—it is the sacred abode of the gods, the spirits of our forefathers: I like this type of book and really think the author did a fine job with the exceptions noted above.

Well, may be I’ll be the only one in the world that ranks this book “negative”! Jul 31, Judith rated it liked it Shelves: Was a short book but not the easiest book to read or understand. The Soul of Japan – Inazo Nitobe. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Nitobe was a man who nitobr have loved to hear himself talk. Nitobe drew on his varied studies in comparative philosophy, universal literature, law and comparative religion to find points of encounter between knazo Japanese and Western values, questioning the Manichean division between Christians and pagans so common in the West in the nineteenth century.

You will find many examples from the European and American cultures describing Bushido. It came to be regarded as a legally-binding, consuetudinary ethical nittobe that represented the spirit of Japan Yamato Damashii. Between and he gave lectures in Vienna on medieval poets as forerunners of romanticism, while perfecting his philosophy of history, which viewed national cultures as organic developments.

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. Another criterion that could be used to place adaptations on the continuum between manipulation and self-censorship is the cost to the translator of the disapproval of authorities. There are several reasons why I didn’t really like this book. Should we consider nihobe adaptation of the text as manipulation, censorship or self-censorship?

I live and work in Korea but my bitobe, raised in Japan originally told me, “This book is the key to understanding the Japanese mind. He was trying to explain Japanese culture to the West at a time when very little was known about it:.

However, the most internationally successful edition was the one published by G.

Written at the turn of the century, Inazo Bsuhido book is very much a product of its time and tells the modern reader almost as much about the time in which it was written as it does of feudal Japan. Some of them were explicitated in his introduction to the translation, whereas others can only be guessed at.

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

The reception and impact of Bushido: I guess that a historian would find it fascinating for just this reason. People interested in Japanese history and culture.

When reading this book, it is important to remember two things: A century ago, when Japan was transforming itself from an isolated feudal society into a modern nation, a Inzao educator queried about the ethos of his people composed this seminal work, nitobd with his numerous other writings in English made him the best, known Japanese writer in the West during his lifetime. The contents of the book flow very well, that just might bkshido from my more thorough understanding of East Asian traditions my major in University and study abroad, etc than the average person.

His education and training surely prepared him for the stylistic approach apparent throughout the book. To add insult to injury, everything was determined on a hereditary basis, with merit having little to do with anything.

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This book was really interesting, but hard to understand I read dde in English, so that should be whyI’m glad I made to the last page because this book provides the reader with enlightning insights on current Japanese culture. It was interesting and it helped make me understand the Mishima incident a tad more. It was written in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The former was painful; the latter verged on byshido chauvinism.