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Bushido: The Classic Portrait of Samurai Martial Culture
     

Bushido: The Classic Portrait of Samurai Martial Culture

by Inazo Nitobe
 

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Justice. Courage. Benevolence. Politeness. Sincerity. Honor. Loyalty.

These are the seven precepts of bushido— the code of the samurai. Together, these seven values create a system of beliefs that is unique to Japanese culture— and is still alive today.

Bushido: The Classic Portrait of Samurai Martial Culture written by Inazo Nitobe,

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Justice. Courage. Benevolence. Politeness. Sincerity. Honor. Loyalty.

These are the seven precepts of bushido— the code of the samurai. Together, these seven values create a system of beliefs that is unique to Japanese culture— and is still alive today.

Bushido: The Classic Portrait of Samurai Martial Culture written by Inazo Nitobe, one of Japan's foremost scholars, thoroughly explores each of these values and explains how they differ from their western counterparts. Until you understand the philosophy behind the ethics, you will never fully grasp what it meant to be a samurai—what it meant to have bushido.

First published in 1905 as Bushido: The Soul of Japan, this book is an essential guide to the very essence of samurai and Japanese cultures and represents one of the most popular and authentic depictions of samurai-era philosophy.

Chapters include:

  • Bushido as an Ethical System
  • Sources of Bushido
  • Honor
  • The Education and Training of a Samurai
  • Self-Control
  • The Influence of Bushido
  • The Future of Bushido

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"A 'must' for an understanding of the soul of Japan." —Focus on Asian Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804836289
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
12/15/2004
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
879,829
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 190.50(h) x 0.40(d)

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Educator, cultural interpreter, and civil servant, Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933) was one of the earliest and most famous of the Japanese Quakers. Hoping to serve as a "bridge" between Japan and the West, he studied in the US and in Germany. Nitobe's numerous writings in English made him the best known Japanese writer in the West during his lifetime.

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