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Paperback Bushido: the Soul of Japan Book

ISBN: 1490318542

ISBN13: 9781490318547

Bushido: the Soul of Japan

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Bushido: The Soul of Japan is a work by Inazo Nitobe now brought to you in this new edition of the timeless classic.

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A good basic primer on Bushido

The book is an ideal introduction to Bushido. It offers a simple insight into 19th Century Japanese society in short chapters. A Japanese forum recommended this book to me to help in my research for my next book. One of the more interesting ideas the author offers is how Bushido is quite similar to chivalry during the Middle Ages in Europe. That concept helped me to comprehend what Bushido meant to the Japanese.

Think like a Samurai

The book will help you get into the mind of the Samurai. Has an excellent description of an actual sepuku ceremony.

Putting a Name on Ideas Unnameable

Nitobe Sensei did an incredible job of putting into words concepts that are very difficult for all to understand, not only foreigners (non-Japanese.) He also did it as a Christian scholar in a non-Christian land during times of great change in Japanese society. It is a wonderful cross-cultural and cross-theological comparison between Christian and non-Christian belief systems. There's a saying about being able to explain things that are Zen. "If you can explain it, it isn't Zen," if I may paraphrase. Zen and Bushido are inextricably linked and Mr. Nitobe managed to put it into some sort of framework that we could easily understand. Not all things will make sense to the first time reader. When you read it again and again, the things that are true for you, you will clearly understand. As with many discussions of Zen and/or Bushido, it has to become a part of you to be understandable. This doesn't mean you have to pick up a sword or take up calligraphy, it means that you have to see the truth of it in yourself, no matter what you do or where you are. There are universal truths here. Even when you understand, you may not be able to put into words your understanding. That is the time when this book will become most indispensible.

A fantastic introduction to the way of the warrior

Bushido is literally translated "warrior path" and this book explains that path in to-the-point detail. the whole book is filled with inspiring quotes, practical advice and a good look at what a feudal samurai had to be. Some other things are explained, such as suppuku (ritual suicide), honor, commitment and more. For those interested in the martial arts, Japanese history and fighting cultures... this is an excellent book. It is well combined with "The Book of Five Rings" by Miyamoto Musashi, "The Art of War" By Sun Tzu, "The Tao te Ching" by Lao Tzu and "budoshoshinshu" by Daidoji Yuzan.

A Good Primer

This is a good introduction to Bushido for Western readers. A little dramatic but then again, it does capture the ethos of the subject.
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