The Soul of Japan. The Soul of Korea.

I wanted to know “the soul of Korea” but I could not find a book about it.

Instead, I read Bushido: The Soul of Japan and The Chrysanthemum and the Sword just because… it was on the shelf.

Bushido: The Soul of Japan at Amazon.com.

Bushido: The Soul of Japan from Wikipedia.

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Great book. They explain a lot of things about Japanese. A “samurai’s word” is not merely unbreakable; it is factual. … A samurai’s word can never be false. From what I observe, Japanese hate liars even today.

You ask “Not all Japanese were samurai right?” Well, if you read, you’ll know the answer. But let me give you an example. At the end of Edo period, those who fought to protect old-Tokugawa regime (Shinsengumi) were, in fact, sons of farmers. They were also masters of Kendo. They were the last of true samurais.

Anyway, the reason why I wanted to learn about the soul of Korea is that Koreans do lie often. Well, according to Chosun Ilbo[* or “country of liars“], perjury in a Korean court is 671 times higher than it is in Japan. The author of “Korea and Her Neighbours”, Isabella L. Bird Bishop described Korea as “country of rumors”. But, don’t get me wrong. Please. Who said lying is a sin? It could be just a culture or figure of speech. The roots of Korean spirits or soul must be found in Sinocentrism or Confucianism.

If you know a good book about Korean soul and its roots? Please let me know! (English book is preferred) Thanks.

[update]

I just found “Taekwondo: The Spirit of Korea” but, the creator of Taekwondo already confessed that he learned everything from Karate. see “Taekwondo is a ripp off, but we don’t remember that

 

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