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The seven virtues of Bushido – IV. Politeness

February 6, 2017 0 Comments 0 tags

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

The seven virtues of Bushido – V. Honesty and Sincerity

February 15, 2017 0 Comments 0 tags

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,

The seven virtues of Bushido – II. Courage

January 23, 2017 0 Comments 0 tags

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