Rabu, 04 Februari 2009


Bushidō, the unwritten codes governing the lives and conduct of the samurai, is one of the cornerstones of Japanese culture. Drawn from Buddhism, Shintōism, and Confucianism, and incorporating the knightly ideals of rectitude, courage, benevolence, politeness, sincerity, honor and the loyalty of the samurai, Bushidō continues to influence every level of Japanese society. In this book Nitobe Inazō writes with a fluid, poetic English style influenced by his Quaker philosophy. His lucid sketch of Bushido up to the beginning of the modern era is a “must-read” for anyone who wants to understand Japanese thought. This book has already been translated into more than thirty languages, and this bi-lingual edition is published especially for English and Indonesian readers.

"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.

"Very strongly recommended reading for students of Japanese cultural history and the martial arts, Bushido: The Soul of Japan is a powerful presentation and a moving book with ideas as relevant today as they were 100 years ago." - Midwest Book Review