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Bushido: The Soul of Japan Paperback – April 19, 2009
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If one is looking to deepen their understanding of Bushido I would suggest Sir George Sansom's three volume set "A History of Japan", as it is yet the standard in Japanese historical studies. Also, "Training the Samurai Mind" is a wonderful collection of translated primary documents written by samurai who lived primarily during the Edo period. Also, Miyamoto Musashi's "Book of Five Rings" is another useful book for those interested in samurai and Bushido.
If one is simply interested in depending their understanding of Japanese culture I suggest undertaking a study of Confucianism, Buddhism, Shinto, and of course Sansom's books. Nitobe's book is unfortunately a giant waste of time.
This book is a superb companion piece to Ruth Benedict's sociological analysis on Japanese culture (The Chrysanthemum and the Sword, printed near or after the Second World War). I strongly encourage anyone interested in the formative aspects of Japanese thought to read 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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excellent.Good perspective into the heart and soul of an interesting society.Published 19 months ago by The beetle
just getting started on it. since it was written around 1900 and by a native of Japan the wording takes getting used to but so far it is a very interesting lesson.Published on September 5, 2013 by Ryan Andel
Good old work on Japan written by a Japanese living in America. He tries to distinguish western thought from that of Japan and references Christianity and religion a lot comparing... Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Junie
Good read on the Samurai written around the late 1800s. The author gives a Western view on a lot of things as well...something you don't find in most old books about the Samurai.Published on May 27, 2012 by James
Japan is a story full of beautiful lies. Likewise, Inazo Nitobe's "Bushido: the Soul of Japan" is all about beautification and cultural namedropping, far from a good scholarly... Read morePublished on July 13, 2009 by Taneo Ishikawa
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After reading all the poor quality reviews praising this book, do not assume it is even remotely on par with any of the great... Read more
I picked this little gem up in Kyoto a few years back, and was glad I did. Nitobe attempts to describe to a Western mindset the essence of Bushido. Read morePublished on January 30, 2009 by Demitri Pevzner
It's a great work originally published in 1905. Mr. Nitobe describes the features of Bushido excellently, but his work would be much greater if he defined Bushido explicitly (for... Read morePublished on December 5, 2008 by Spica