Those Born as Knights

Those born into this world as knights must each form a resolve, utilizing the abilities they have and the learning they’ve acquired. Just running into misfortune, giving into despair is merely something by which to be saddened.
The Fourth Year of Ansei, The 17th of August. “Letter to Kihara Shinsai”



The Waning of Bushido

Having received a command from his lord, a knight should, even at this very moment, take up his lance, mount his horse, and rush into hell or high water. Desiring food and drink or fine company, yielding to sickness, falling into idleness, or failing in willpower is the waning of bushido.
The Third Year of Ansei, After August. “The Complete Book of Teachings for Warriors.”


Way of the Warrior

The Way of the Warrior is not seen in those knights inclined to rudeness, lawlessness, violence, and immorality. It is not seen in that learning inclined to mindless recitation and frivolous, soft philosophy. True knights study true learning, cultivate their bodies, straighten their hearts, govern their country, and works towards peace under Heaven. That is the Way of the Warrior.
The Third Year of Ansei, After August. “The Complete Book of Teachings for Warriors.”


On Their Own Iniatative

Those who wait for King Wen before raising themselves are mediocre people. Those similar to heroic knights, even without King Wen, still raise themselves up. You should clearly understand the separation between mediocre people and heroes. Heroes take action about things on their own initiative. They certainly do not follow in the rut of others.
The Third Year of Ansei, The Seventeenth of May. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”


I Should Be a Knight

Most certainly, I personally should exist as a scholar. Being a scholar is not reading books and writing poems. It is nothing but devoting myself to my work and giving something to the world. Furthermore, most certainly I should be a knight (bushi). Being a knight is not being violent. It is nothing but serving my prince without holding my own life dear.
The Fourth Year of Kouka. “A Record of Unselfishness”