Bushido, The Soul of Japan


 


By Inazo Nitobe, A.M., Ph.D.

 

Bushido As An Ethical System

 

Sources of Bushido

 

Samurai Rectitude, or Justice

 

Courage

 

Benevolence

 

Politeness

 

Veracity, or Truthfulness

 

Honor

 

Duty of Loyalty

 

Education and Training of a Samurai

 

Self-Control

 

Samurai Institutions of Suicide and Redress

 

The Sword, The Soul of the Samurai

 

The Samurai Women

 

The Influence of Bushido

 

Is Bushido Still Alive?

 

The Future of Bushido

 

—"That way
Over the mountain, which who stands upon,
Is apt to doubt if it be indeed a road;
While if he views it from the waste itself,
Up goes the line there, plain from base to brow,
Not vague, mistakable! What's a break or two
Seen from the unbroken desert either side?
And then (to bring in fresh philosophy)
What if the breaks themselves should prove at last
The most consummate of contrivances
To train a man's eye, teach him what is faith?" 
                       — ROBERT BROWNING, Bishop Blougram's Apology

"There are, if I may so say, three powerful spirits, which have from time to time, moved on the face of the waters, and given a predominant impulse to the moral sentiments and energies of mankind. These are the spirits of liberty, of religion, and of honor." 
— HALLAM, Europe in the Middle Ages

"Chivalry is itself the poetry of life." 
— SCHLEGEL, Philosophy of History

TO MY BELOVED UNCLE
TOKITOSHI OTA
WHO TAUGHT ME TO REVERE THE PAST
AND
TO ADMIRE THE DEEDS OF THE SAMURAI,
I DEDICATE THIS WORK

 

[Originally published in English in 1900]

 



 

 

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