- Hardcover: 203 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; New edition edition (Feb. 1970)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804806934
- ISBN-13: 978-0804806930
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,985,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bushido: The Soul of Japan Hardcover – 1 Feb 1970
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From the Back Cover
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.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
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 the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
A strange book therefore, but worth reading if you are interested in the history of Japan's relations with The West.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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! Read morePublished on 24 Oct. 2011 by Simon
having an interest for ancient warriors my attention went from the native americans to the samurai far from being bloodthirsty warriors the samurai were artists poets and well... Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2009 by Mr. Robert Mander
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