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Old 06-26-2002, 06:52 AM   #4
Chris Li
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Re: Hello, Konnichiwa, Guten Tag, Bonjour...

Originally posted by Genex
also does anybody know the difference between Budo (way of the warrior) and Bushido?
i know the meaning for budo but the shi is throwing me i know is has something to do with the 7 ways?
The "shi" in "bushido" means "samurai", or more commonly "military man". A "bushi" would be a "warrior" making "bushido" the "way of the warrior". In normal usage "bushido" would probably refer mainly to codes of conduct whereas "budo" in normal Japanese usage is pretty much the equivalent of "martial arts" in English.

Unfortunately, the concept of "bushido" got blown out of proportion (and distorted) by Nitobe, Mishima, and the pre-war Japanese military complex (with a liberal mix of material from the Hagakure). I wouldn't worry about it too much.



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