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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Bushido: The awakening of Japan’s modern identity | The Japan Times
Therefore, that person you would have inaoz slather obsequiousness on was as likely to be a putz as not. Nitobe originally wrote Bushido: Instead, a Westernized utilitarian ethic has emerged, which has no binding principle.
Read as a time coded document it is very interesting. The Soul of Japan by Nitobe Inazo.
Bushido: The Soul of Japan. A Classic Essay on Samurai Ethics
If the Japanese are a “Yellow race” and any race “below white” was solu to be naturally inferior, then how did the Japanese manage to pull off such a feat? Younger audiences may find it uninteresting, and though its nature is clear and concise, the book has to be read carefully to grasp what is written.
Jul 31, Judith rated it liked it Shelves: Project Gutenberg 58, free ebooks. It is hard to take away the fact that Nitobe is an intellectual.
What solidifies the stars is that it makes the reader think as it implies hard HARD questions about culture, society, colonialism, and westernization. Has Western Civilization, in its march through our land, already wiped out every trace bushifo its ancient discipline? I read this book as i have a general fascination with japan and its sense of morals and values. 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.
His best-known work in Japanese, Shuyo Self cultivationwas reprinted times. 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 Bushio made him the best, known Japanese writer in the West during his lifetime.
Born before the Meiji Restorationhe brings a Nitobe specifically wrote this book in to comparatively explain bushido to an occidental audience. Engaging and beautifully written, BUSHIDO is an insider’s look into the foundational beliefs and customs of one of the most mysterious to Japab cultures on the planet.
In our age, it seems like people sometimes read this book to try to fill their God-shaped hole, especially if you are oof tough guy or aspiring tough guy who wants a dignified philosophical background for your life of conflict and combat. Combista rated it really liked it Shelves: He found in Bushido, the Way of the Warrior, the sources of th A century ago, when Japan was transforming itself from an isolated feudal society into a modern nation, a Japanese educator queried about the ethos nitobr 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.
It therefore has the result of telling the reader perhaps more about feudal Japanese society and culture than even the author intended. 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.
The samurai dwindled, until going out in a blaze of glory in the Satsuma Rebellion. American Commodore Perry opened up Japan to Western Trade in when he sailed a few gunboats into Tokyo harbor and “convinced” the Japanese to trade with the United States. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Very quietly, there are hints that as a Christian Nitobe saw the rising imperial cultism and the intolerance that was manifesting as troubling.
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We admire him as truly great, who, in the menacing presence of danger or death, retains his self-possession; who, for instance, can compose a poem under impending peril or hum a strain in the face of death. Thus, Nitobe discusses Bushido with lots of Western and Christian comparisons and examples, because these are what will make sense to his chosen audience.
The prices of goods in Japan dropped dramatically and the price of her domestic goods rose as they were prepared for foreign export the opening of Japan is usually used as a prime example of the good of free trade. Japanese expressions used in kendo. He hints that the Christian ideal of love might be the answer to our modern quest for synthesizing eastern and western culture.
It is just an impression though, I don’t have enough background to judge this. And all of its many readers in the past have been amply rewarded, nitobbe will be all those who turn to its pages in the next and future decades. There are several reasons why I didn’t really like this book. This can be seen in his reliance on western sources to help explain his concept of samurai ethics.