Budo Sai - Samurai Bushido Code

Yamamoto, Tsunetomo 12th century,
Fujiwara Period - 784 AD to 118 4AD

Yamamoto, Tsunetomo was a Samurai who became a Warrior Monk. He devised the Bushido Code of the Samurai and committed it to a banner which was then hung on the wall at the academy or Dojo of the Butokuden, meaning "Hall of the Virtues of War" which is located in Kyoto the Imperial City.

The writing upon the banner was the concepts of the "Warrior Ethics" better known as the Bushido Code for the Samurai:

  • JIN - to develop a sympathetic understanding of all people.
  • GI - to preserve the correct ethics in mind and body.
  • CHU - to show loyalty to one's master or lord.
  • KO - to respect and to care for one's parents and hold in esteem human courtesy, sincerity and honour.
  • REI - to show respect for others by promoting peace and prosperity.
  • CHI - to enhance wisdom by broadening one's knowledge through vigorous training of ones spirit and rigidly training of ones body.
  • SHIN - to be truthful at all times.
  • TEI - to care for the aged and those of a humble station.

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