The Samurai Code of Japan: With an Extensive Introduction and Notes by Alexander Bennett
Tuttle Publishing, 9784805314890, 192pp.
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
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Bushido: The Samurai Code of Japan is the most influential book ever written on the Japanese "Way of the Warrior." A classic study of Japanese culture, the book outlines the moral code of the Samurai way of living and the virtues every Samurai warrior holds dear. It is widely read today in Japan and around the world. There are seven core precepts of Bushido:
- Rectitude "The power of deciding upon a certain course of conduct in accordance with reason, without wavering."
- Courage "Doing what is right."
- Benevolence "Love, magnanimity, affection for others, sympathy and pity."
- Civility "Courtesy and urbanity of manners."
- Sincerity "The end and the beginning of all things."
- Honor "A vivid conscious of personal dignity and worth."
- Loyalty "Homage and fealty to a superior."
About the Author
Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933) was a prolific writer and respected Japanese statesman born into a warrior family at the end of the 750-year Samurai period. Desiring to serve as a "bridge" between his native Japan and the Western world Nitobe was educated in English and greatly influenced by his Western instructors. Through his many writings, particularly Bushido which became an international sensation, he became famous in the West and today is widely regarded as the leading authority on all things Japanese. Alexander Bennett is a professor in Japanese history, martial arts and Budo theory at Kansai University. He cofounded and publishes Kendo World, the first English-language journal dedicated to Kendo. He holds black belts in several martial arts--Kendo Kyoshi 7-dan, Iaido 5-dan and Naginata 5-dan. His published works include Japan: The Ultimate Samurai Guide, Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai and The Complete Musashi: The Book of Five Rings and Other Works.