Meiji Period and Japanese Modernization clashes Bushido

I was lying sick on my bed this friday night and I was contemplating how to get up and reach to my water bottle with intense feelings of self-pity…

Dirty bottle,

Stands there everyday,

Never felt further.

-troubles uploading the image , will try again from my other computers -

The well established form and way of living that thrived and set its roots firmly benefiting the isolation and regulation that Tokugawa period enabled Japan faced a challenge after the fall of Tokugawa in 1868 and with the advent of Meiji period which defined itself with Japan’s westernization and globalization.  The west influenced almost every part of Japan’s system but the  strict abidance to form that had set the backbone of Japan’s tradition ensured to keep this power of globalization on the positive side and instead of  ”expelling the barbarians” they chose to ” learn from them” (Lecture 3/6) setting a beginning to face pace age of progress and innovation.  Yet Japanese way of living come to completely contradict or defy the western perceptions of normal at many cases and perceptions of worldly dealings. Even though not all Japanese are Samurai as Inazō wants his western readers to see, Bushido codes a way of living that is unconsciously inherent in Japanese way of living.

In the chapter discussing the value of self-control in a samurai’s way Inazō quotes few lines from a young samurai’s journal in order to show how the western habit of  expressing almost every thought contradicts with the reticence that following Bushido entails…

“Dost thou feel the soul of thy soul stirred with tender thoughts? It is time for seeds to sprout. Disturb it not with speech;”

 

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