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Bushido: The Soul of Japan. A Classic Essay on Samurai Ethics by Inazo Nitobe
He also questioned whether it could survive during a period of political and social revolution when Japan was being innazo by Western influences. This book is definitely worth a read. The analysis of the four translations shows that manipulation or censorship of the cultural references in the source text is most evident during periods of conflict, for example the Japanese translation of and the Spanish translation of InNitobe traveled to the United States where he stayed for three years, and studied economics and political science at Johns Hopkins University in BaltimoreMaryland.
I recommend this book to all who want to understand the character of the Japanese people.
There should be no question that Nitobe understands and uses a rhetorical mastery in his writing style. The following is some parts that caught my attention: Jan 19, Steven Walle rated it it was amazing. Since more than half of his references are western, it underscores the weakness of his Japanese sources.
Six 6 critical essays on Nitobe’s legacy are included in Why Japan Matters! Japan’s rise from feudal, backward, poverty-stricken monarchy on the fringe of Asia to a modern military machine capable of subduing one of the world’s foremost civilizations was watched carefully and troubling to Western nations.
And all of its many readers in the past have been amply rewarded, as will be all those who turn to its pages in the next and future decades.
The book itself is enough to understand the discipline, the foundations of morality, and the code of ethics of the Japanese people. Aug 14, Bernie Gourley rated it really liked it Shelves: In other projects Wikimedia Commons.
Scholarly Resources [reprint ] Western influences in modern Japan; a series of papers on cultural relations, by Inazo Nitobe and others. Mary Elkinton Nitobe lived in Japan until her death in In the West, Bushido: They were all published with forewords, prefaces or introductions that explain the purpose of the author and translators. Sure, being Japanese, he obviously has a sentimental attachment to the precepts of Bushido as part of his national ntobe, but he’s also quick to point out its weaknesses and abuses which were rampant.
I’m as tough as a nitbe of mini-marshmallows, so it didn’t do a lot for me, but you could do a lot worse than try to follow the behavioral dicta of this book, since it implies that self-denial and restrain are worthwhile qualities. If you read much about the life of women in the West during the late 19th century, you do wonder who had the better deal: Is Nitobe really the proper authority to speak for the people of Japan? This paper looks at self-censorship and censorship in Bushido: If the Japanese are a “Yellow race” and any race “below white” was supposed to be naturally inferior, then how did the Japanese manage to pull off such a feat?
Scratch a Japanese of the most advanced ideas, and he will show a samurai. The Soul of Japan. As depicted in the Jim Carey movie, Liar, Liarthere is a widespread view that it is better the fib and make someone feel better than it is to tell the truth and hurt nitobs other’s feelings.
Although there are parts which do more than merely raise eyebrows, it is only fair to the book, and to the author, to acknowledge that our ethics are a century away from Ed. It brings up some really interesting things to consider when comparing Japan to other countries of the world and bushivo age old beliefs have formed deep bonds in the populace.
As a journalist, he worked as a special correspondent for Le Temps and the Revue des deux mondes in Chile, Bolivia, Sweden and the Philippines. He also contributed hundreds of articles to popular magazines and newspapers. The Soul of Japanwas bushidp inwhen France was still an important colonial power and the centre of European culture; however, intellectuals were concerned about the cold winds of change.
This is an enjoyable and enlightening read provided you don’t go into it expecting it to be nirobe detailed historical study of Bushido as we would expect to see today. Podemos, por tanto, con la debida reverencia decir: The book itself is an insightful exposition into the core aspects of the pre-Meiji Japanese culture that still leaves an influence today in modern Japan. This was great for understanding, so much so that even though its a small book, it took a long time to read because i was caught for long periods of time in a contemplative spell.
May 15, Andrea rated it really liked it.