Book Review: The underlying principles that shaped Japan

“Bushido: The soul of Japan” by Inazo Nitobe

Why do Japanese people are so polite, very composed, highly discipline, and very efficient? Why do they sometime show little emotions, and why to them loyalty is one of the utmost importance? And what’s the reasoning and the psychology behind the infamous hara-kiri?

All of these traits are deeply rooted in the Samurai code of honour and morals, or Bushido, instilled in the psyche of the nation since the 12th century. And this classic book, written in 1900, gives the best compacted explanations on these time-tested principles that made the nation.