'What Japan was she owed to the samurai. They were not only the flower of the nation, but its root as well.'
Inazo Nitobe (1862 - 1933) was a Japanese economist, diplomat and writer. He was a major actor in the League of Nations, and served in the Japanese parliament. His important work Bushido- The Soul of Japan is one of the best early explorations of Japanese culture and samurai ethics written in the English language.