Bushido: The Samurai Code of Japan
With an Extensive Introduction and Notes by Alexander Bennett
Inazo Nitobe, Alexander Bennett
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."
With an extensive new introduction and notes by Alex Bennett, a respected scholar of Japanese history, culture and martial arts with a firsthand knowledge of the Japanese warrior code, Bushido: The Samurai Code of Japan is an essential guide to the essence of Japanese culture. Bennett's views on this subject are revolutionizing our understanding of Bushido, as expressed in his Japanese bestseller The Bushido the Japanese Don't Know About.