I’ve always been fascinated with Japanese culture, especially the Samurai, mostly because they were so vastly different from our own western beliefs. The Samurai, the warrior class of feudal Japan, followed their belief of Bushido, which translates to the “way of the warrior.”
Bushido principles center around an emphasis on honor, courage, skill in the martial arts, and loyalty to a warrior’s master (daimyo) above everything. Bushido wasn’t based on religion but on ethics. A samurai was trained from an early age in frugality, righteousness, courage, benevolence, respect, sincerity, honor, loyalty, and self-control. The samurai considered themselves warrior poets.
That self-control meant that a samurai must have a total absence of the fear of death. In fact, the samurai, if they felt they were about to or had already lost their honor, were expected to commit a ritualistic suicide called “seppuku” in order to regain their honor. American troops saw first-hand how the Bushido code made the Japanese a dangerous enemy.