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Bushido Soul of Japan [Paperback]

Inazo Nitobe
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Oct 2001
‘Bushido’ literally translates as ‘the way of the Samurai’, which forms the basis of this highly acclaimed work on the relations between modern Japanese cultural values and the country’s ancient warrior codes. Important virtues such as courage, loyalty and self-control are explored against a background of Samurai heritage, whilst simultaneously considering the influence of other philosophies. This world-renowned book represents the first and the most influential text on Japanese cultural heritage to be so eloquently written in English.
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  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080483413X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804834131
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 615,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first book of its kind, Bushido, The Soul of Japan, first published in 1905, brings the rich ethics and traditions of the samurai to a Western audience. Never before had anyone explained the life of the samurai in English, nor had anyone traced how this code has shaped the character of the Japanese people. Nitobe explains all aspects of samurai life, from sword training to cultural education. History buffs and anyone interested in this unique culture will enjoy this thorough and engaging account of a warrior's code from a time long past. Japanese politician and author INAZO NITOBE (1862-1933) attended Sapporo Agricultural College, where he converted to Christianity. In 1884, he came to the United States to study at Johns Hopkins University and became a Quaker. He was a prolific writer, most remembered for writing about his native Japan for a Western audience.
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Inazo Nitobe (1862–1933) was descended from a Samurai family on the island of Honshu. Nitobe rose to fame for his work as an agricultural sugar expert and later became leader of the Japanese delegation to the League of Nations in Geneva. Holding strong Quaker beliefs, Nitobe was an influential advocate for positive US-Japanese relations and through his work and teachings sought to become a ‘bridge across the Pacific Ocean’. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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CHIVALRY is a flower no less indigenous to the soil of Japan than its emblem, the cherry blossom; nor is it a dried-up specimen of an antique virtue preserved in the herbarium of our history. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction 7 Jan 2004
Format:Paperback
Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933) was a Japanese author with a unique perspective; he was an educator and a Quaker. When queried about the basis of morality in Japan, he thought long and hard on the subject. His answer was that Bushido was the Soul of Japan, and from that idea flowed this book.
In this wonderful book, Mr. Nitobe explains Bushido to the Western observer. Using the Bible and other Western literature as examples of common points of reference, he explains 1) the origins and sources of Bushido, 2) its character and teachings, 3) its influence, and 4) its continuity and permanence.
So, if you are interested in Bushido in particular, or Japan in general, then I strongly recommend this book. Even though it was first published in 1905, it makes a wonderful introduction to the Western reader. I highly recommend this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bushi book 24 Oct 2011
By Simon
Format:Paperback
This book is written by a member of a samurai family and is quite in depth but don't be put off the first time, I had to read it twice! It does of course give you an insight in to the way of bushi culture and presents some good opinions though maybe not practicable in this century.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit strange 27 May 2010
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The author was a Japanese living in America, and writing in English before WW1 for an American and European audience. He was also a Christian convert. The intent was apparently to make the Japanese appear likeable to The West.

A strange book therefore, but worth reading if you are interested in the history of Japan's relations with The West.
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