His infant name was Inanosuke. Educational career[ edit ] Nitobe was in the second class of the Sapporo Agricultural College now Hokkaido University. He was converted to Christianity under the strong legacy left by Dr. William S. In , Nitobe entered Tokyo Imperial University for further studies in English literature and in economics. Disappointed by the level of research in Tokyo, he quit the university and sought study opportunities in the United States.
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His infant name was Inanosuke. Educational career[ edit ] Nitobe was in the second class of the Sapporo Agricultural College now Hokkaido University. He was converted to Christianity under the strong legacy left by Dr. William S. In , Nitobe entered Tokyo Imperial University for further studies in English literature and in economics.
Disappointed by the level of research in Tokyo, he quit the university and sought study opportunities in the United States. He also influenced the establishment of the Friends School in Tokyo. At Johns Hopkins, he participated in the Seminary of History and Politics, a group of graduate students and faculty in history, political science and economics.
After his departure from Hopkins in , a colleague read a paper written by Nitobe in , titled "The Japanese in America", where he studied the first official missions sent from Japan to the United States, beginning in He later returned to Hopkins in December , when he presented a paper on "Travel and Study in Germany". He completed his degree after three years in Halle University and returned briefly to the United States to marry Mary Elkinton in Philadelphia before he assumed his teaching position in Sapporo in By the time he returned to Japan, he had published books in English and in German , and had received the first of his five doctorate degrees.
Nitobe continued his teaching tenure at Sapporo until as he took leave from the college. He spent three years writing first in Japan and later in California. One of the books he wrote during this period was Bushido: The Soul of Japan. Meiji bureaucrat and educator[ edit ] In , Nitobe was appointed technical advisor to the Japanese colonial government in Taiwan , where he headed the Sugar Bureau. Nitobe was appointed a full professor of law at the Kyoto Imperial University in and lectured on colonial studies.
He became the Headmaster of the First Higher School then the preparatory division for the Tokyo Imperial University in and continued this position until he accepted the full-time professorship at the Law Faculty of Tokyo Imperial University in In its resolution, the Islands remained under the Finnish control, but adopted complete disarmament i. His report to the General Assembly of the League was the first objective report on Esperanto by a high-ranking official representative of an intergovernmental organization.
In October , Nitobe attended a conference in Banff, Alberta , of the Institute of Pacific Relations , where the background and research papers from the Japanese delegation largely defended Japanese expansionist policies. Following an operation he died on October 15, Mary Elkinton Nitobe lived in Japan until her death in He published many scholarly books as well as books for general readers see below.
He also contributed hundreds of articles to popular magazines and newspapers. Nitobe, however, is perhaps most famous in the west for his work Bushido: The Soul of Japan , which was one of the first major works on samurai ethics and Japanese culture written originally in English for Western readers The book was subsequently translated into Japanese and many other languages.
Although sometimes criticized[ who? It was not until the s that Bushido: The Soul of Japan reached the height of its popularity in Japan, and is now the most widely available work on the subject of bushido. In the West, Bushido: The Soul of Japan has been a best-seller since the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese War of , and has been translated into dozens of languages.
Howes, ed. Full biography in English is: George M. Kess and Helen Lansdowne University of Victoria , , pp. Quotations[ edit ] This page is a candidate to be copied to Wikiquote using the Transwiki process. If the page can be expanded into an encyclopedic article, rather than a list of quotations, please do so and remove this message. His conscience he followed, alive; his country he served, dying. Alack the day when a state grows so powerful as to demand of its citizens the dictates of their consciences!
Gettleman , ed. London; New York: Routledge.
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Bushido. El alma de Japón, de Inazo Nitobe
Overview[ edit ] Bushido: The Soul of Japan is, along with Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo — , a study of the way of the samurai. A best-seller in its day, it was read by many influential foreigners, among them President Theodore Roosevelt , President John F. The book was not translated into Japanese until it had been popular in the English-speaking world for several years. As Japan underwent deep transformations of its traditional lifestyle and military while becoming a modern nation, Nitobe engaged in an inquiry into the ethos of his nation, and the result of his meditations was this seminal work.