Incidentally, of the renowned warrior cultures around the world, the samurai constitutes as one of the most famous. There are known for they prowess in fighting and quality of their swords as well as their dedication to the Bushido code. When you are talking about Bushido code, one is basically referring to ‘the samurai’s way’ a reference of the warriors’ philosophic code of behavior. In medieval Japan, a samurai was a warrior who was educated of the nobility class offered services to the military lord’s resemblance of the knights in the English royalty. As a matter of fact, Bushido in certain terms is the Japanese equivalent of the chivalry of medieval knights. Needless to say, the basic principle of bushido was the mastery of martial arts, loyalty, honor, and frugality. Apparently, the term Bushido was first mentioned in the period around the 16th century when civil war emerged as the samurai progressively reincarnated.
Bushido untainted ideology associated with “martial spirit” incorporating athletic and warrior skills as well as bravery in encountering the enemy in the war field. At the wake of 19th century, Bushido code became the definite principle and the legal abatement of the class of samurai which eventually regarded as the property of the nation. During the medieval period, samurai were armed supporters of rich landowners several whom vacated the imperial court to discover their new fortunes elsewhere. Samurai in other translated terms refer to “those who serve” share the same connotation for a warrior that is “bushi” where bushido is derived from. Basically, bushido was not put down into writing until the beginning of the 17th century several periods after the existence of the samurai. The samurai were required to be loyalty to the lord as the lord expected obedience which in turn led them to receive economic and military benefits. The sense of loyalty through the guiding principle of bushido made the samurais to battle to the death in irrecoverable fights just to defend their lord’s fortitude or even committed suicide in the event they felt that they are a disgrace to their master.
Arguably, the samurai were entitled with a duty of vengeance. Based on their bushido code of conduct, in the event, the reputation of their lord was blemished or death of their master by intruders, the samurai sought out the killers. This was evident during the famous samurai stories “The 47 Ronin” a tale of traditional samurai vengeance. Apparently, the bushido code was stringent to an extent that whenever a samurai declined to defend his honor, the only way he could attain back it was through conducting a suicidal ritual.
The period around the First and Second World War, bushido presented itself as revitalizing traditional values which was claimed to provide a spiritual shield to allow samurai or warrior fight to the end. Astonishingly, the spirit of bushido called upon to urge that united the entire nation. As it turned out, during the period between the 17th century and mid-19th century, samurai class acted as the central role in policing and administration of the nation. As a matter of fact, bushido code was much more relevant to the samurai seeking more general application of martial principles and experience in peacetime. Until now the bushido code still remains as part of the principle among the indigenous Japanese society.