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Not all intents are for understanding. There is something spirituelle in redolence.

He provides a common system of reference to describe something as esoteric and variable as the Bushido. Now that is a book I look forward to: Nitobe originally wrote Bushido: First, it feels very dated.

Nitobe does a fantastic job of finding unexpected parallels between both Eastern and Western trains of thought, and he offers many examples as to how they aren’t nearly as dissimilar as one might think.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It wasn’t just epic with the whole ceremonial aspect of it but it was also very explicit with the movement of the blade and the direction the body HAS to fall in.

Its cold blade, collecting on its surface the moment it is drawn the nitoeb of the atmosphere; its immaculate texture, flashing light of bluish hue; its matchless edge, upon which histories and possibilities hang; the curve of its back, uniting exquisite grace with utmost strength; — all these thrill us inaao mixed feelings of power and beauty, of awe and terror.

Chances are that if you’d lived during that time you’d be toiling ceaselessly on the land with no hope of your lot in life ever improving.

Bushido, the Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobe

When men’s fowls and dogs are lost, they know to seek for them again, but they lose their mind and do not know to seek for it.

Very interesting to learn about the morals and philosophy behind the samurai from the man who literally wrote the book on it. The changes that took place in Japan soon afterward are carefully noted and documented by Inazo Nitobe – a Christianized, Western-educated, loyal Japanese – who watches the end of Japanese feudalism and the beginnings of Japanese modernization over the Meiji Restoration when Japan was centralized, reformed, and began its development.


Sure, being Japanese, he obviously has a sentimental attachment to the precepts of Bushido as part of his national heritage, but he’s also quick to point out its weaknesses and abuses which were rampant. Review “Very strongly recommended reading for students of Japanese cultural history and the martial arts, Bushido: Jan 04, Peter W rated it really liked it Shelves: Since the 18th century, Japan has tried to adopt Shintoism as its national religion, but has not succeeded in finding a replacement for Bushido.

Also in Shambhala Library. His education and training surely prepared him for the stylistic approach apparent throughout the book. A friend said to me one day, ‘You don’t kill enough.

The present societary forces are antagonistic to petty class spirit, and Chivalry is, as Freeman severely criticizes, a class spirit. I would recommend this book to intellectuals, scholars and even the average folk.

I should give a little context to this. 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.

It was a momentous occasion for him when at the age of five he was apparelled in the paraphernalia of samurai costumes placed upon a go-board[1] and initiated into the rights of the military professions by having thrust into his girdle a real sword instead of the toy dirk with which he had been playing. 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.

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It is also well-written, and a pleasure to bushldo I read it on an extended subway journey. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Second, Nitobe’s sources are a bit suspect. Published March 1st by Kodansha International Ltd first published The Japanese nation, its land, its people, and its life, with special consideration to its relations with the United States. This book is an excellent summary of bushido, it is very easy to understand with simplifying the book so the meaning is diluted.

Of course Bushido doesn’t depend on religion, but the fact it did spawn from it cannot be ignored. He was and educator, and the book has a feeling of erudition. I feel, however, that for the time the book was written ca.


Since more than half of his references are western, it underscores the weakness of his Japanese sources. So precious an object intobe long escape the notice and the skill of artists nor the vanity of its owner, especially in times of peace, when it is worn with no more use than a crosier by a bishop or a sceptre by a King.

To ask other readers questions about Bushidoplease sign up. The writing style of the book is beautiful. What an interesting little book!

The notion that being polite is more important than telling the truth, is totally averse to a western mindset and what has led a Canadian acquaintance of mine to label the Japanese as “a slimy, two-faced people” but in actuality, being in close contact with them, is just a way of trying to avoid offending This book was really interesting, but hard to understand I read it in English, busshido 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.

Oct 11, Pages Niazo. Some typesetting issues throughout, but for the price, it hardly merits mentioning.

If the author of this book on the way of the Samurai had stopped two-thirds of the way through, I would be writing a five star review. The former was painful; the latter verged on cultural chauvinism. I really did like the strong contrasts between Japanese culture and Western culture and that’s precisely were I faced my dilemma with this book because I wanted to read this book to pick up on some ways of wife or ethics of the samurai.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Soul of Japan is almost poetic. What I was looking for. Do degrees of industrialization count?