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When the average American hears the term Bushido visions ofsword swinging samurai warriors often come to mind Literary works aswell as the media has shown us many elements of the Bushido code suchas honor justice loyalty and bravery which have greatly impacted JapanBushido is the moral code that has provided Japan with a nationalidentity and work ethic that has guided them through bloody civil warsMongol invasions a world war and nuclear devastation Rockett page 1In short if a choice is given between life and death the samurai mustchoose death handout page 17 The code is very similar to the code ofchivalry extolled during the middle ages and has provided the Japanesepeople with a noble tradition of honor Just as Europe had its knights andpladins Japan had its samurai warriors to champion the Bushido CodeThe Japanese word bushi means warrior and is the root wordfound in bushido Rockette page 2 Together the complete termbushido means way of the warrior handout page 17 Samuraimeans those who serve The bushi and samurai were very different The bushi were simple warriors the title of saurai implied that you weresworn to serve a powerful landowner clan or daimyo- a Japanese feudalBushido a blend of two value systems The first of these periods wasthe Kamakura period During the Kamarkura period from 1185 to 1333clan warfare caused the samurai to develop a system of warfare thatglorified courage in battle honor obedience and loyalty to superiorofficers Encyclopedia Americana page 43 The rules of combat wereclearly outlined and often became ritualistic in nature Blood feuds duelsand Hari-kiri were all trappings associated with this era Rockett pageThe second of these two periods was the Tokugawa period from 1603 to1868 Rockette page 1 The Tokugawa period was a long period ofdomestic peace during which Chinese Neo-Confucianism received officialacceptance Encyclopedia Americana page 43 The samurai had beenborn and bred as warriors and had difficulty adapting to the civilianleadership positions popular among the Chinese Nevertheless theyadapted to the
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