Bushido, the Soul of Japan (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/12/31
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Lying or equivocation were deemed equally cowardly. The bushi held that his high social position demanded a loftier standard of veracity than that of the tradesman and peasant. Bushi no ichi-gon--the word of a samurai or in exact German equivalent ein Ritterwort --was sufficient guaranty of the truthfulness of an assertion. His word carried such weight with it that promises were generally made and fulfilled without a written pledge, which would have been deemed quite beneath his dignity. Many thrilling anecdotes were told of those who atoned by death for ni-gon, a double tongue.
I was sucked into the philosophy, and even inspired to cross examine my own way of thinking and living.
Inazo Nitobe was an amazing writer, and one needs little excuse to read this book!