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It is unfair to expect a nineteenth-century Japanese man to have exactly the same moral values as twenty-first century Westerners. 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.
Until it was published, Western perceptions of Japan tended to merge with those of China: Nitobe was not from a samurai family but a brilliant educator, writer, diplomat and politician. Confucianism predominated at that time, and there was no uniform moral code among the samurai class. I’m surprised how relatable it remains today, 40 years after it was first published.
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It was in that Japan promulgated its first modern Constitution, one that consciously imitated the constitutions of 19th-century European states. When citing Japanese sources, he often cites literary, legendary, or semi-historical examples. He was variously an author, diplomat, agriculture expert, politician, educator and economist who held five doctorate degrees and wrote in Japanese, English and German. Aug 14, Bernie Gourley rated it really liked it Shelves: And all of its niotbe readers in the past have been amply iinazo, as will be all those who turn to its pages in the next and future decades.
Not all intents are for understanding.
Project Gutenberg 58, free ebooks. And where is Bushido going? Niggardliness of gold and of life excited as much disapprobation as their lavish use was panegyrized.
Mar 12, Diz rated it did not like it Shelves: Nitobe was a man who must have loved to hear himself talk. It is hard to take away the fact that Nitobe is an intellectual. It was written by a Japanese man who had seen the fall of the feudal system, nitboe explain Japanese and, particularly, busjido culture to Westerners. Nitobe illustrates his points with examples from Japanese mythology and epic historical poems which obviously were not meant to be taken literally.
Ultimately, there is some good discussion about the eight virtues of Bushido ; viz.
He wrote this for his father, for a time that had past, and there is an underlining thread of how these tenets when perverted are problematic.
Again, it’s very easy to criticise from our twenty-first century internet-enabled Soil point of view.
This is evident especially when you compare generations in the Japanese, many of the elderly still have that fire and passion in them, where bjshido the youth are focused on more trivial matters and pursuits with little to no interest in their own nation’s heritage. A Classic Essay on Samurai Ethics merits about a 3. Third, Nitobe’s expertise in not in Japanese cultural studies, but in western literature and philosophy.
So it was there that I decided to look at one country somewhere in the Northeast Pacific—Japan. Thus, Nitobe discusses Bushido with lots of Western and Christian comparisons and examples, because these are what will make sense to his chosen audience.
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.
Later chapters outline the education and training of a samuraithe importance of stoicism, the institution of suicide seppukuthe symbolism of the sword in Japanese society, the role of women, the role of bushido as an ethical system in the present-day his presentand its role in the future. 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.
From there, I decided to read Bushido: The former was painful; the latter verged on cultural chauvinism.
Bushido: The awakening of Japan’s modern identity
Nitobbe is an interesting though not fascinating look into Bushido and how it’s helped form an essential part of Japan. Download Bibrec Bibliographic Record Author Nitobe, Inazo, 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 — 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 influence of Bushido — Is Bushido still alive?
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.
He was married to Mary Patterson Elkinton. 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 — 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 influence of Bushido — Is Bushido still alive?
To add insult to injury, everything was determined on a hereditary basis, with merit having little to do with anything. It was interesting and it helped make me understand the Mishima incident a tad more.
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A book written by a Westernized Japanese scholar,to answer Westerners’ questions about the Japanese mentality and Bushido. Interesting enough, I’m surprised on how the patriarchy and machismo are different from oof European perspective. Dec 27, T. The significance of Japanese politeness and sincerity is also tackled, as well as the concept of loyalty, the role of women, the training and education of the noble warrior class Samuraiand valor and courage, among others.
Nitobe lived after the feudal era of Japan, in the late 19th and early 20th century. I would recommend this book to intellectuals, scholars and even the average folk.