Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bushido: The Soul of Japan

Over the past couple of years, I have grown to love podcasts and audiobooks. It's nice to have a form of entertainment which keeps my mind occupied, but leaves my eyes and hands free for drawing.

For those of you interested in learning more about Bushido, the Way of the Samurai, I came across an audio reading of Bushido: The Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobe.

It's on Librivox, one of my new favorite audio resources. A FREE collection of audiobooks from literature in the public domain. Did I mention it's free?

Anyway, here's a link. Check it out:

Bushido: The Soul of Japan written by Inazo Nitobe was one of the first books on samurai ethics that was originally written in English for a Western audience, and has been subsequently translated into many other languages (also Japanese). Nitobe found in Bushido, the Way of the Warrior, the sources of the virtues most admired by his people: rectitude, courage, benevolence, politeness, sincerity, honor, loyalty and self-control, and he uses his deep knowledge of Western culture to draw comparisons with Medieval Chivalry, Philosophy, and Christianity.


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