Bushido: The Soul of Japan

Bushido: The Soul of Japan : The Code of the Samurai

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"Chivalry is a flower no less indigenous to the soil of Japan than cherry blossom" are the opening words to Inazo Nitobe's Bushido: The Soul of Japan. It was 1900 and Inazo, a Japanese academic living in the USA, had been prompted to write the book after an American professor had wondered how the Japanese imparted moral education on their children if schools didn't offer any religious instruction. The answer, Inazo realised, was through Bushido. Bushido is the chivalric code of moral principles that the Samurai followed: rectitude, courage, benevolence, respect, honesty, honour and loyalty. Influenced by Confucianism, Shinto and Zen Buddhism, it tempers the violence of a warrior with wisdom and serenity. Alongside Sun Tzu's The Art of War and Machiavelli's The Prince, Inazo's book has become influential among military and corporate leaders looking for ways to manage their people and overcome their opponents. Beautifully produced in traditional Chinese binding and with a timeless design, Bushido: The Soul of Japan includes the classic Inazo text with a new introduction. It will appeal to anyone interested in leadership, the code of the Samurai and Japanese culture.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 196 x 265 x 23mm | 794g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1782744843
  • 9781782744849
  • 982,940

Table of contents

Preface 6

Note on the Author 7

1. Bushido as an Ethical System 8
2. Sources of Bushido 12
3. Rectitude or Justice 17
4. Courage, the Spirit of Daring and Bearing 20
5. Benevolence, the Feeling of Distress 24
6. Politeness 30
7. Veracity or Truthfulness 35
8. Honor 40
9. The Duty of Loyalty 44
10. Education and Training of a Samurai 50
11. Self-Control 54
12. The Institutions of Suicide and Redress 58
13. The Sword, the Soul of the Samurai 68
14. The Training and Position of Woman 71
15. The Influence of Bushido 80
16. Is Bushido Still Alive? 85
17. The Future of Bushido 91

Index 96
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About Inazo Nitobe

Born in 1862, Inazo Nitobe began learning English at the age of nine. He entered Tokyo Imperial University before studying politics and international relations at John Hopkins University. Nitobe taught at Sapporo Agricultural College from 1891 to 1897, before moving to the USA, where Bushido: The Soul of Japan was published in 1900. From 1903 to 1919 he held a professorship at Kyoto Imperial University. Following the end of World War I, he attended the Versailles Peace Conference in 1918, then became an under secretary of the League of Nations. He was also the chairman of the Institute of Pacific Relations from 1929 until his death in 1933. Nitobe published many scholarly books as well as books for general readers.
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