LIMITED EDITION – The Seven Samurai
The Seven Tenets of Bushido
The legendary Samurai were truly one of history’s greatest warrior cultures. Born of a society fueled by warfare and found absolute obedience to honor and loyalty, the Samurai were both feared and revered by all classes of citizenry in feudal Japan. The legends and stories of the Samurai to this day, dominate any discussion of the ideals and principles of what any warrior should live by and express.
The Samurai lived by a strict code of conduct called Bushido – The Way of The Warrior. The Code of Bushido consisting of seven tenets was the backbone of the very ideals that represented, defined, and restrained these fierce warriors.
The seven tenets were;
1. “Gi” – Rectitude
2. “Yu” – Valor
3. “Jin” – Benevolence
4. “Rei” – Respect
5. “Makoto” – Honesty
6. “Meiyo” – Honor
7. “Chugi” – Loyalty
We will be releasing seven Samurai shirts, one each month representing the heart and soul of the Samurai Warrior and his ideals. Each shirt will have a unique and beautiful depiction of the Samurai and the back is printed in blood red, with the character Bushi, meaning warrior, and seven characters representing the seven tenets of Bushido. These are unique beautifully crafted designs that any warrior will be proud to wear. I know I am.
The Japanese Samurai lived by a code of honor held to the highest degree. It was so sacred to those
warriors that if one were to lose his honor through defeat, cowardice, dishonesty or weakness, that
honor could never be regained in life. Honor could only be regained by a noble death. And this was
accomplished by the act of ritual suicide – Seppuku and it had to be done according to a precise ritual
with complete disregard for the self, showing no hesitation, no pain and proper etiquette. Only then
could the warrior and his family name be released from shame. To the Samurai, honor was the only
possession that could never be lost. It was the soul of the Samurai, and a man with no soul, no longer
deserved to live.