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    Bushidō (武士道?), literally "the way of the warrior", is a Japanese word for the way of the samurai life, loosely analogous to the concept of chivalry.
    It originates from the samurai moral code stressing frugality, loyalty, martial arts mastery, and honor unto death.
    Born from Neo-Confucianism during times of peace in Tokugawa Japan and following Confucian texts, Bushido was also influenced by Shinto and Zen Buddhism, allowing the violent existence of the samurai to be tempered by wisdom and serenity.
    Bushidō developed between the 9th and 20th centuries and numerous translated documents dating from the 12th to 16th centuries demonstrate its wide influence across the whole of Japan, although some scholars have noted "the term bushidō itself is rarely attested in premodern literature.

    However, I'm just a gaijin (外人 / not japanese / stranger) and for sure not a traditional bushi, but I'm in love with this culture since when I was a kid.

    And this project features some graphic-typo-quotes from Hagakure and other important books about the way of the Bushi into a 8 bit pixelated graphic style.

    The Bushido seen through the point of view of a modern graphic ronin.

  • The Bushidō code is typified by seven virtues.
    Gi is to do the right thing.
    "A well-known samurai defines it this way: ‘Rectitude is one’s power to decide upon a course of conduct in accordance with reason, without wavering; to die when to die is right, to strike when to strike is right.’ Another speaks of it in the following terms: ‘Rectitude is the bone that gives firmness and stature. Without bones the head cannot rest on top of the spine, nor hands move nor feet stand. So without Rectitude neither talent nor learning can make the human frame into a samurai."
    (Nitobe Inazo - Bushido: The Soul of Japan)
  • 勇氣 - YUKI : COURAGE

    Yuki means brave, courageous energy.

    "Bushido distinguishes between bravery and courage: Courage is worthy of being counted among virtues only if it’s exercised in the cause of Righteousness and Rectitude. In his Analects, Confucius says: ‘Perceiving what is right and doing it not reveals a lack of Courage.’ In short, ‘Courage is doing what is right."
    (Nitobe Inazo - Bushido: The Soul of Japan)

    Jin is the benevolence that unites each human being to the other.

    "A man invested with the power to command and the power to kill was expected to demonstrate equally extraordinary powers of benevolence and mercy: Love, magnanimity, affection for others, sympathy and pity, are traits of Benevolence, the highest attribute of the human soul. Both Confucius and Mencius often said the highest requirement of a ruler of men is Benevolence."

    (Nitobe Inazo - Bushido: The Soul of Japan)

    Rei is politeness, respect shown in social behavior.

    "Discerning the difference between obsequiousness and politeness can be difficult for casual visitors to Japan, but for a true man, courtesy is rooted in benevolence: Courtesy and good manners have been noticed by every foreign tourist as distinctive Japanese traits. But Politeness should be the expression of a benevolent regard for the feelings of others; it’s a poor virtue if it’s motivated only by a fear of offending good taste. In its highest form Politeness approaches love."

    (Nitobe Inazo - Bushido: The Soul of Japan)

    Makoto means truth in word and action, to follow truly the Law of the Universe.

    "True samurai, according to author Nitobe, disdained money, believing that “men must grudge money, for riches hinder wisdom.” Thus children of high-ranking samurai were raised to believe that talking about money showed poor taste, and that ignorance of the value of different coins showed good breeding: Bushido encouraged thrift, not for economical reasons so much as for the exercise of abstinence. Luxury was thought the greatest menace to manhood, and severe simplicity was required of the warrior class … the counting machine and abacus were abhorred."

    (Nitobe Inazo - Bushido: The Soul of Japan)
  • 名誉 - MEIYO : HONOR
    Meiyo is to enjoy a good reputation, honor.
    "Though Bushido deals with the profession of soldiering, it is equally concerned with non-martial behavior: The sense of Honor, a vivid consciousness of personal dignity and worth, characterized the samurai. He was born and bred to value the duties and privileges of his profession. Fear of disgrace hung like a sword over the head of every samurai … To take offense at slight provocation was ridiculed as ‘short-tempered.’ As the popular adage put it: ‘True patience means bearing the unbearable.’"
    (Nitobe Inazo - Bushido: The Soul of Japan)
  • 忠義 - CHUUGI : LOYALTY 
    Chuugi is to act faithfully, to be loyal.

    "Economic reality has dealt a blow to organizational loyalty around the world. Nonetheless, true men remain loyal to those to whom they are indebted: Loyalty to a superior was the most distinctive virtue of the feudal era. Personal fidelity exists among all sorts of men: a gang of pickpockets swears allegiance to its leader. But only in the code of chivalrous Honor does Loyalty assume paramount importance."

    (Nitobe Inazo - Bushido: The Soul of Japan)
  • 孝 - KO : FILIAL PIETY.

    Filial piety is a virtue of respect for one's parents and ancestors.
  • 智 - CHI : WISDOM
    Wisdom is not told by self but unless asked for by another.
    This means a wise man never tells his wisdom unless asked person to person.
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