The Way of the Warrior


- Started in 1185 by Minamoto Yoritomo

- Ends in 1868 with emperor regaining power

Shifting Loyalties

Gradually power shifted from shogun to daimyos

In the late 1400s daimyos fought a series of wars for control

In 1603 Tokugawa Ieyasu becomes shogun and sets up capital in Edo (Tokyo)

Samurai Training

Military: horsemanship, archery, sword play, martial arts

Self-control: enduring pain and suffering; consider themselves already dead

Preparedness: always stay alert, “sixth sense”

Amida or Pure Land Buddhism (people could reach paradise through the mercy of Amida Buddha)

Zen Buddhism stressed effort, discipline, self-reliance and meditation

Bushido: Way of the Warrior

Honest, fair, fearless, loyal, honor
Failure led to ritual suicide (seppuku)

The Influence of Samurai Values Today

WWII Japanese soldiers followed Bushido



Haikus, calligraphy, zen gardens, tea ceremony

Ideals of loyalty to family, respect for rank

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