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Sumit Chowdhury rated it did not like it Dec 19, The shape and content of the unwritten code changed because of inaccurate oral communications; still, its assumptions are summarised in 7 basic rules.

Your rating has been recorded. With an introduction by William Elliot Griffis. The Japanese nation, its land, its people, and its life, with special consideration to its relations with the United States. You will gain some knowledge about the philosophy of the samurai by reading this, but sadly, it’s not enough to make the book worth while. The development of the body was supported with the development of the spirit and intellect. Waste of 2 hours.

Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions. Nitobe often compares samurai to the knights of chivalry in a favorable light, which may have appealed to westerners when this was published, but really doesn’t appeal to the modern reader which has a less romantic understanding of medieval life. Second, Nitobe’s sources are a bit suspect. When I read these comparisons, it brought up mostly negative images even though it was clear that the author meant it to be a positive image.


The Japanese nation, its land, its people, and its life, with special consideration to its relations with the United States.

Bushido: Kodeks samuraja by Inazo Nitobe (1 star ratings)

Modest use of words and gestures, caring about others and empathy — these are the attributes of the Japanese known all over the globe to this day. Allow this favorite library kodekss be seen by others Keep this favorite library private.

For over a dozen years of the samurai way they learnt to be brave, courageous, obedient and responsible. Want to Read saving….


A warrior had to be perfect not only on a battlefield. This simplistic account of the development of bushido is problematic, however, and relies on pre-war theories that conflated diverse historical periods and ideologies to provide legitimacy for the modern imperial state and nation. Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Kodeks samuraja by Inazo Nitobe. I could not get through more than 50 percent of this book.

There are several reasons why I didn’t really like this book.


Citations are based on reference standards. The code also regulated the relationship between warriors and the rest of the society, which — according to the koddks philosophy — should be based on strictly defined relations of power and serfdom.


Truthfulness was more important to Japanese warriors than politeness and etiquette. Inazo Nitobe Aleksander Mermal. So similarly to meiyo, it is a value pertaining both to the deeds of a samurai and to his internal beliefs.

Finding libraries that hold this item Citations are based on reference standards. It has only been in use since the 16th century but the history of the code goes much further back.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He never once cites any documentary evidence or any testimony from any living samurais. This book was written inand it has to be one of the worst books on Bushido I have ever read.

Despite the strictness of the whole process, children were taught to be sensitive to beauty, art and the surrounding nature.

Write a review Rate this kodekss Tokyo, Mazuren company, Ltd. Since more than koodeks of his references are western, it underscores the weakness of his Japanese sources. Geneva League of Nations.

Bushido: Kodeks samuraja

Refresh and try again. Jared rated it did not like it Jun 29, On the other hand, the deeds of courageous heroes went down in history, with the heroes becoming role models for the next generations. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.