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See also: Bushido - Code of the Samurai Warrior
武士道 is the title for “The Code of the Samurai.”
Sometimes called “The Seven Virtues of the Samurai,” “The Bushido Code,” or “The Samurai Code of Chivalry.”
This would be read in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja as “The Way of the Warrior,” “The Warrior's Way,” or “The Warrior's Code.”
It's a set of virtues that the Samurai of Japan and ancient warriors of China and Korea had to live and die by. However, while known throughout Asia, this title is mostly used in Japan and thought of as being of Japanese origin.
The seven commonly-accepted tenets or virtues of Bushido are Rectitude 義, Courage 勇, Benevolence 仁, Respect 礼(禮), Honour 名誉, Honesty 誠, and Loyalty 忠実. These tenets were part of oral history for generations, thus, you will see variations in the list of Bushido tenets depending on who you talk to.
The first character, 武, is the spirit or essence of a warrior. The second character, 士, means soldier, officer, or official. 武士 is also used appropriately enough to describe a piece of a chess game. 武士 can also be translated as a soldier, cavalier, palace guard, or samurai, and sometimes as a knight. I've occasionally seen this translated as strong man or tough man (gender not necessarily implied).
By far, 武士 is the most common way to write warrior in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
Note: In Japanese, this is Bushi, as in Bushido.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your bushi search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition
dried aconite root; sumac gallnut
(given name) Bushi
club journal; club notebook
| fù zǐ
monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii)
dried aconite root; sumac gallnut
(st) Bushi Station
| chéng bù shí
cheng2 bu4 shi2
ch`eng pu shih
cheng pu shih
Cheng Bushi, Han dynasty general
(adjectival noun) (See 浪花節) of the old feeling of naniwa-bushi; marked by the dual themes of obligation and compassion that distinguish the naniwa-bushi ballads
miyako-bushi scale (characteristic Japanese hemitonic pentatonic scale: mi, fa, la, ti, do)
| bushi; busu
|dried aconite root
| bushi(武士)(p); bufu(武夫); mononofu(武士)
ぶし(武士)(P); ぶふ(武夫); もののふ(武士)
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Romaji (Romanized Japanese)
|Various forms of Romanized Chinese
The Way of the Samurai
|bu shi do / bushido
|wǔ shì dào
wu3 shi4 dao4
wu shi dao
|wu shih tao
|bu shi ryuu ju jutsu
bu shi ryu ju jutsu
|bu shi / bushi
|wǔ shì / wu3 shi4 / wu shi / wushi
|wu shih / wushih
|bu shi kai / bushikai
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.
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