Bushido - Nitobe I. - Book
Bushido is the Japanese feudal equivalent of chivalry. Bushido may literally be translated as ''military knights' ways''. It embodies the maxims of educati
Bushido is the Japanese feudal equivalent of chivalry. Bushido may literally be translated as ''military knights' ways''. It embodies the maxims of educational training governing the samurai, or warrior class, of Japan, the class that throughout the nation's feudal age set the standard for the whole people in manners and ideals of character, and mental and moral codes of obligation. The samurai cultivated the martial virtues, were indifferent to death or pain in their loyalty to their overlords.
They were privileged to wear two swords, the swords symbolizing the ''soul of the samurai.''Honor was their byword, and the fear of disgrace was so great that it hung, like Damocles' sword over the head of every samurai, and sometimes assumed a morbid character. This little book has a subtle charm almost irresistible in its appeal. It is brimming with thought and tradition, rich in comparative illustrations of Oriental and Occidental ways of looking at life. 1. Bushido as an Ethical System 2. Sources of Bushido 3. Rectitude or Justice 4. Courage, the Spirit of Daring and Bearing 5. Benevolence, the Feeling of Distress 6. Politeness 7. Veracity and Sincerity 8. Honor 9. The Duty of Loyalty 10. Education and Training of a Samurai 11. Self-Control 12. The Institutions of Suicide and Redress 13. The Sword, the Soul of the Samurai 14. The Training and Position of Woman 15. The Influence of Bushido 16. Is Bushido Still Alive? 17. The Future of Bushido