- Hagakure as the main theme -
|This museum, hosted by Takashi Kamura on the net, provides various materials on Japanese chivalry. We have "Bushido", written by Inazo Nitobe in English, as a book introducing Japanese chivalry. But, this book, though showing one type of Japanese chivalry, does not refer to all aspects of the samurai concept. By my thought, Japanese chivalry regarding occupational ethics has two types: one with the backbone of Confucianism from which Nitobe introduced, and the one with the backbone of Buddhism. Knowing the difference between the two would be to understand the current "Japan," too.
|* Two types of Japanese chivalry
Japanese chivalry is roughly divided into two in this museum: Hagakure's Japanese chivalry and Tokugawa's Japanese chivalry.
Hagakure's Japanese chivalry is the one written in the book of "Hagakure". This came into being in 1716 in Saga Prefecture (formerly called the Saga clan, in Kyushu).