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Has Western Civilization, in its march through our land, already wiped out every trace of its ancient discipline?

Bushido: The awakening of Japan’s modern identity

The 20th century was going to be very different to the 19th. Nitobe illustrates bbushido points with examples from Japanese mythology and epic historical poems which obviously were not meant to be taken literally. He was variously an author, diplomat, agriculture expert, politician, educator and economist who held five doctorate degrees and wrote in Japanese, English and German. Very interesting to learn about the morals and philosophy behind the samurai from the man who literally wrote the book on it.

The book requires the reader to have some knowledge of Japan already for complete understanding.

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

Modern society, if it pretends to any unity, cannot admit “purely personal obligations devised in the interests of an exclusive class. I feel, however, that for the time the book was written ca. Text available free at the Gutenberg Projectsacred-texts.

View all 4 comments. So precious an object cannot 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.


When used as a noun, Ethics is the philosophical study of principles relating to bushid conduct of right or wrong actions. Author Inazo Nitobe wrote this book in in his ongoing effort to explain traditions of his homeland to American readers.

Until it was published, Western perceptions of Japan tended to merge with those of China: Why would Nitobe not use the people who were these warriors to explain their belief systems and their insight into the true nature of Bushido? 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.

Actually, I know the reason I bought it. Was a short book but not the easiest book to read or understand.

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

We are experiencing technical difficulties. Even more, because at the same time he presents without realizing, the society and main references of the European society at his time. Interestingly, the author was a Quaker and received education in the West, and, therefore, is able to contrast the Japanese worldview with that of Westerners.

Instead, a Westernized utilitarian ethic has emerged, which has no binding principle. And in my edition, William E. See, this is the peril of someone who is doing Ph. There should be no question that Nitobe understands and uses a rhetorical mastery in his writing style.


It is, however, a good book if one wishes to learn about the foundations of Japanese culture as a whole. At times poetic, at times intriguing, there are numerous examples of the great rhetorical care Nitobe took in composing his words.

But there is a bit of ianzo discrepancy in that the author was a devout Christian, and some of the beliefs of Shintoism don’t align with that of the author’s, so it doesn’t feel as entirely authentic as it might have. Nitobe at one point discusses the division bshido the honorable samurai, and the shrewd merchant class of Japan. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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With the defeat of Russia, the psychology of westernization was thrown into virtual chaos. The Soul of Japan by Nitobe Inazo. Don’t you eat pepper and egg-plants?

Read as a time coded document it is very interesting. This book was really interesting, but hard to understand I bushodo it 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. About Bushido A graphic novel version of the bushiido book that first introduced Westerners to the samurai ethos.

Perfect as a work of art, setting at defiance its Toledo and Damascus rivals, there was more than art could impart.