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Bushido: The Way of the Warrior

Updated: Apr 12

Bushido Values for the Modern World 

Bushido, samurai code of ethics, prepares each of us to see what is important in life.  

 It is truly the foundation for being a great human being.” 

~Patsy Surh O’Connell 

 founder/president – Asia Pacific Cultural Center 

Bushido, the way of the warrior, is the code which the samurai warriors of ancient Japan followed. It was a code of conduct that permeated all aspects of the warriors’ lives. It developed their character and eventually became a guide in moral and practical instruction. Bushido was the Japanese code of chivalry outlining the personal, social, and professional standards of conduct for the samurai. 

The principles of the code of bushido includes: 

  • Courage - Yuuki 

  • Integrity - Gi 

  • Benevolence - Jin 

  • Respect - Rei 

  • Honesty - Makoto 

  • Honor - Meiyo 

  • Loyalty - Chuugi 

The samurai warriors of ancient Japan dedicated their lives to uphold the principles of bushido. Seven principles, seven words can be summed up in the expression, “Do the right thing all the time.”   

“A samurai was essentially a man of action.” ~ Inazo Nitobe 

The Code of Bushido developed great warriors great who also lived by a moral code of ethics.  This code shaped the nation of Japan. The samurai simultaneously became poets, scholars, teachers, artists and even participated in the tea ceremony. They disciplined their bodies, minds, and souls by utilizing both left and right brain resulting in extremely well-rounded individuals.  

The world witnessed the character of the Japanese people after the Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011, and they were astonished. The Japanese cooperated and helped each other in their time of need.   Rather than looting and stealing, over 70 million dollars were returned to the authorities within the first six months after the disaster, a witness of the Bushido legacy.  

 We can all respond to life’s difficulties utilizing the Code of Bushido. There is a saying which states, “You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”  Imagine a world where everyone responded using the principles of Bushido in their personal and professional lives! 

In my email newsletters, I present and discuss the seven bushido principles to assist in your daily lives. It is one thing to have knowledge, but practical applications can change our world; Sharpen Your Sword and Let the Journey Begin!


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