Chivalry and Bushido, the Samurai Code

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Shutaro Takeda

Subject: Arts & Humanities, Philosophy

Keywords: Chivalry; Bushido; knighthood; samurai

Chivalry is a concept that is both familiar and distant to many Japanese. There is no other social class in the world that resembles knights as much as the samurai in Japan. However, why is there such a gap between the behaviour of knights and samurais, even though they are both a social class with honor? This paper compares chivalry and Bushido, the Japanese Samurai code.

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