Samurai and Bushido

The samurai history is very old. It can be traced back to the ninth century, when local powerful families and influential farmers became armed in order to prevent infringements by enemies. This developed into the samurai class system before long.

Samurais who defended their country and governed Japan dutifully came to raise the quality of the original moral culture “Bushido”(which means ‘The Way of the Samurais’) through the times.

The Samurais represented justice, politeness, truthfulness and loyalty to their lord.
They faithfully served their country with pride and they could even give up their lives for their country and their lord.

“Seppuku(harakiri)” is essential to the samurai. It was considered very manly and showed strong self-responsibility, pureness and sense of mortality of life. Their way of life was compared to cherry blossoms which are scattered manfully at the same time as they are in full glory. This is what Japanese pride meant.

The book “Bushido” of Inazo Nitobea (新渡戸 稲造) introduced the Japanese samurai to the world. It captured the hearts of intellectuals and young people in the world strongly.