The Samurais and The Bushido

Two legendary elements of Ancient Japanese culture

The Samurais

At this time period, the central government of ancient Japan had become weaker. Aristocrats took more power and turned to their military force for support. This military force was named the samurai, trained well and hired to protect their employer. These samurais rode on horseback and carried swords and bows. They followed a very strict code called the Bushido.

The Bushido

The Bushido was the very strict code that the samurais followed. The samurais fought for their employers, and they followed this code to every minor detail. The Bushido means in Japan as "the way of the warrior". If a samurai didn't follow this code exactly and very strictly, they weren't really a samurai. This code of honor was followed as a moral set of rules, with physical ones as well.

Effects on Japanese Culture

The samurais and the Bushido had many effects on the Japanese culture. The samurais rose when the government became smaller, allowing more power to the smaller people and aristocrats. With power comes people who want you dead, so the most powerful and rich aristocrats had to hire samurais. Without them, there is the chance they could die. The samurais had to follow the Bushido and if they didn't they weren't a real samurai. A real samurai had strong morals based on the strict honor code. It's not called the Bushido for nothing, as it means "the way of the warrior" which it is.


I became a samurai to feed my family. I was hired by a kind aristocrat that needs protection. I follow the Bushido to serve as a samurai to the best of my ability. It's a strict honor code that is filled with the correct morals I need to be the perfect samurai. I fight for my employer on horseback, and I have a sword and a bow. I will protect him and his family for everything I am worth. This is my life now.