What is Bushidō?
Bushidō can be translated to mean, "the way of the warrior." It is a Japanese moral code concerning Samurai behavior, attitudes, and lifestyle. Bushido can be thought of as an overarching term for all the codes, practices, philosophies, and principles of Samurai culture.
Samurai were the warrior class in Japan that enjoyed high prestige, special privileges, and many military historians consider them to be some of the best swordsmen the world has ever seen.
This “code of conduct” has a long history in Japan which began to take shape with the rise of the warrior caste to power over a thousand years ago during the Heian period (794 -1185) and it was more formally defined over subsequent dynasties and applied into law during the Edo period (1603 - 1867).
So what is the Bushido code of moral conduct?
Bushido formalized earlier Samurai moral values and ethical code, most commonly stressing a combination of these Eight Primary Principles
These principals were required to be observed in order to become a Samurai and were expected to be mastered.
The Samurai ruled Japan for over a thousand years using these principals to live, how might you incorporate them in your life?
Strive to live (and invest) the Bushidō way.
-Paul R. Rossi, CFA