THE ANNOTATED BUSHIDO

The Annotated Bushido
[Dedication, page iii]

TO MY BELOVED UNCLE

TOKITOSHI OTA

WHO TAUGHT ME TO REVERE THE PAST

AND

TO ADMIRE THE DEEDS OF THE SAMURAI

I DEDICATE

THIS LITTLE BOOK

 


[Epigraphs, page iv]

--"That way

Over the mountain, which who stands upon,

Is apt to doubt if it be indeed a road;

While if he views it from the waste itself,

Up goes the line there, plain from base to brow,

Not vague, mistakable! What's a break or two

Seen from the unbroken desert either side?

And then (to bring in fresh philosophy)

What if the breaks themselves should prove at last

The most consummate of contrivances

To train a man's eye, teach him what is faith?"

--ROBERT BROWNING,

Bishop Blougram's Apology.

 

"There are, if I may so say, three powerful spirits,

which have from time to time, moved on the face of the

waters, and given a predominant impulse to the moral

sentiments and energies of mankind. These are the

spirits of liberty, of religion, and of honor."

--HALLAM,

Europe in the Middle Ages.

 

"Chivalry is itself the poetry of life."

--SCHLEGEL,

Philosophy of History.

Henry Hallam (1777-1859) was a British historian who in 1818 published The View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages. The quotation comes from Chapter IX, Part II.

Ōta Tokitoshi (1834-1916), the youngest brother of Nitobe's father, Tsutō, was adopted into the Ōta family. Ōta formally adopted Nitobe when the latter accompanied his older brother to Tokyo in 1871.

The English poet Robert Browning (1812-1889) wrote Bishop Blougram's Apology in 1855. The quotation comprises lines 197-207.

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel (1772-1829) was a German Romantic poet and scholar. The Philosophy of History, which was published in 1829, was a collection of his lectures. The quotation comes from Lecture XIV.