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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To ask other readers questions about Bushidoplease sign up. Inazzo, people just want to put what they believe, rather than what is fact, into writing, and hope that they can sway others to agree with them. Near the end, Nitobe then discusses the influences of Bushido, whether it still survives up to this day before concluding about its future.

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. This book is a bit dated.

Sep 07, J. It was different at the end of the nineteenth century: Second, Nitobe’s sourc There are several reasons why I didn’t really like this book. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A best-seller in its day, it was read by many influential foreigners, among them President Theodore RooseveltPresident John F. The legendary sources that he cites are exceptional, not typical, which is why they have come down to us as legend.


I should give a little context to hitobe. It’s a bit self-defeating to anybody looking on from a neutral, unbiased viewpoint. A Class The relationship between ethos and ethics seems evident. 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.

Free unabridged audio recording can be downloaded from Librivox here. Engaging and beautifully written, BUSHIDO is an insider’s look into the foundational beliefs and customs of one of the most mysterious to Westerners cultures on the planet. Around the time “Bushido” was written, Japan had just defeated Qing China in a massive war the Sino-Japanese War ofreferenced in the book as Japan’s “newly acquired territories of Korea and Formosa, without a hint busshido irony and would soon defeat Russia in the humiliating Russo-Japanese War ending in However yesterday was different, as I found this book.

Interesting enough, I’m surprised lf how the patriarchy and machismo are different from the European perspective. Refresh and try again. Aug 09, Edward Morton rated it it was amazing. The swordsmith was nitibe a mere artisan but an inspired artist and his workshop a sanctuary.

Beauty of colour and of form is limited in its showing; it is a fixed quality of existence, whereas fragrance is volatile, ethereal as the breathing of life. 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, Jpaan John F.


Bushido, the Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobe

The last third dealt with women and the future of the Japanese warrior. This book is short, and accessibly written provided you view ordinary late nineteenth-century writing as accessible.

He was variously an author, diplomat, agriculture expert, politician, educator and economist who held five doctorate degrees and wrote in Japanese, English and German. Other interesting details discuss the whole ritual of seppuku and comparing this act with other practices of suicide.

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Dec 27, T. There is much to love, and loathe about this text.

It’s a bit like somebody inazi to prove the existence of the Christian god using only the Bible as evidence; to accept the veracity of the ‘evidence’ you have to already have accepted the existence of what you’re trying to prove. Since more than half of his references are western, it underscores the weakness of his Japanese sources.

The Japanese Yen banknote Series D, printed from to has his portrait. It is hard to take away the fact that Nitobe is an intellectual.

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This was not necessarily what I expected. First, it feels very dated. Each of these virtues has a chapter devoted to it Ch.