The Glorification Of Honor In The Bushido Code

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“Tenno Heika Banzai!” roughly translated to “long live Emperor [Hirohito],” was the famous celebratory WWII battle cry yelled by Japanese troops when they stormed into enemy lines (Tanaka). During the late 1930s, Japanese government became increasingly belligerent, which led to Japan’s entrance into WWII. Ultimately, desperate measures were taken and imperial aggression revived samurai military traditions ("World War II (1939–1945)"). The value of death before dishonor and contempt for defeat motivated soldiers to ruthlessly defend Japan (Deal). During October of 1944 towards the closing stages of WWII, the Japanese launched suicide missions as a desperate measure, and a large majority of young men voluntarily joined in this piece of the fight for the emperor. The innate values of loyalty and honor in the Bushido code; informing the notion of preserving honor in a family through death, influenced the glorification of …show more content…
They were members of a powerful military caste and servants of great lords known as daimyos ("The Age of the Samurai: 1185-1868"). Until the Meiji Restoration of 1868, during which the Japanese feudal system was abolished and a centralized bureaucratic government rose, the samurai maintained control from the Kamakura to the Tokugawa period ("Samurai Essay"). During the Tokugawa Shogunate, Japan was in a period of peace and prosperity for 250 years and samurai were able to form a traditional code of honor, known as bushido, or “the way of the warrior” As samurai governed local governments and through civil means as well as the Japanese armed forces, they “emphasized military skills and fearlessness in the face of an enemy” (Staff, "Samurai and Bushido"). Shinto, the state religion of Japan and bushido were adopted into the basic code of conduct for Japanese society and influenced its militaristic decisions even in

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