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Bushido: The Soul of Japan. A Classic Essay on Samurai Ethics by Inazo Nitobe
At this point, I must retreat and talk a little about the positive aspects of the book. I’m as tough as a bag of mini-marshmallows, so it didn’t do a lot for me, but you o 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 something spirituelle in redolence. Sometimes, 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. Download Bibrec Bibliographic Record Author Nitobe, Japah, Title Bushido, the Soul of Japan Contents Bushido as an ethical system — Sources of Bushido — Rectitude or justice — Courage, the spirit of daring and bearing — Benevolence, the feeling of distress — Politeness — Veracity or truthfulness — Honor tthe The duty of loyalty — Education and training of a Samurai — Self-control — The ubshido of jqpan and redress — The sword, the soul of the Samurai — The training and position of woman — The influence of Bushido — Is Bushido still alive?
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.
Author I 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.
But while the Samurai were the last official card-carrying members of Bushido, just as the Knights were the last members of the Chivalric code, the merchants and gentlemen rising to power, rubbing elbows with Kings and Emperors, now became gentrified and were able to adopt the noblesse customs that had been forbidden them for so long. 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.
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. With an introduction by William Elliot Griffis. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Interesting enough, I’m surprised on how the patriarchy and machismo are different from the European perspective.
I feel, however, that for the time the book was written ca. Nitobe does a fantastic job of finding unexpected parallels between both Easte I wish all philosophy books were more like this! 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.
Results of the kendo competitions held every third year since That were a poor soul that could succumb so easily to extraneous influences. The Japanese nation, its land, its people, and its life, with special consideration to its relations with the United States.
Has Western Civilization, in its march through our land, already wiped out every trace of its ancient discipline? I guess that a historian would find it fascinating for just this reason. Over the past century, his book has been reprinted thd than times and translated into dozens of languages. There are observations on iazo 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.
Nitobe, in the first chapter, discusses how Bushido is an ethical system. This book serves as one historic explanation for this difference. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. A century ago, when Japan was transforming itself from an isolated feudal society into a modern nation, a Japanese educator queried about the ethos of his people composed this seminal work, which with his numerous other writings in English made him the best, known Japanese writer in the West during his lifetime.
Predating both World Wars, the idea and conscience of Bushido probably seemed much more alive back then that it does today.
It’s value as a depository of Japanese culture, less so. The British imperialism, the late French revolution system and the German social nationalism are taken as the correct values, or better, the expected ones for a society to succeed.
It brings up some really interesting things to consider when comparing Japan to other countries of the world and how age old beliefs have formed deep bonds in the populace. Project Gutenberg 58, free ebooks. A Japanese movie or TV show generally brings one or two of those to mind, but reading this Bushido book really gets to the heart of the Japanese matter.
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. Mar 12, Diz rated it did not like it Shelves: Modern society, if it pretends to any unity, cannot admit “purely personal obligations devised in the interests of an exclusive class.
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.
I would recommend this book to intellectuals, scholars and even the average folk. The samurai dwindled, until going out in a blaze of glory in the Satsuma Rebellion. Lists with This Book. In this sense, a beautiful mix can be found: Bushido means the way of the warrior. I can only admire and be fascinated by how a Japanese author is capable of describing his culture or better, an element of his culture by means of the classic European standards.
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Nowadays, it’s bushudo to read the story of an eight-year-old samurai boy being order to commit seppuku ceremonial suicide by disembowelment and actually doing it. When I read these comparisons, it brought up mostly negative images even though it was clear tye the author meant it to be a positive image. I forget on how important honor is to the samurai but I find it to be almost a weakness this idea that you have to prove something to someone or that you are not willing to do something because of it.
And where is Bushido going? Even when we encounter something against values of the western culture, like ritual suicide, we find him citing examples for it from the Western Culture. Bushido as an ethical system — Sources of Bushido — Rectitude or justice — Courage, the spirit of daring and bearing — Benevolence, the feeling of distress — Politeness — Veracity or truthfulness — Jwpan — The duty of loyalty — Education and training of a Samurai — Self-control — The institutions of suicide and redress — The sword, the soul of the Samurai — The training and position of woman — The inaz of Bushido — Is Bushido still alive?
Bushido: The Soul of Japan
The swordsmith was not a mere artisan but an inspired artist and his workshop a sanctuary. This book is out of copyright and available to read for free with downloads from Gutenberg Press: Jan 19, Steven Walle rated it it was amazing. He then goes on to explain in excruciating detail the mindset of the modern Japanese man at he beginning of the 20th Century using poignant examples from the Bible, Shakespeare, and Greco-Roman mythology that the average westerner today and in would be well aware of.