The Bushido kanji are BU, martial, SHI meaning person, and DO that stands for the Way. Master calligrapher Nadja Van Ghelue shows Japanese calligraphy of the Bushido kanji in different styles and explains them.
The three kanji Bushido unmistakably represent the Way of the Warrior, the Way of the Samurai. If you have a close look at the Bushido kanji you can see the following:
The kanji BU evokes a warrior with a long battle-axe moving forward.
You can see two elements: the slanting stroke on the right represents a battle-axe and on the left side stands the image of a foot, which indicates movement.
SHI, person or Samurai
The original pictogram of SHI is probably the image of an old weapon or it could also represent a person who stands firmly on the ground with her/his feet spread apart.
DO, the Way
The kanji DO has two elements: on the right you see the image of a human head, an eye with hair, and on the left the image of a foot, which again stands for movement. So, Way is the image of people moving along.
BUSHIDO, The Way of the Warrior
I would like to remember the words of Yamaoka Tesshu, the outstanding master of kendo, master of the Japanese art of Swordsmanship and Master of Calligraphy of the 19th century Japan, who said the following about BUSHIDO:
Bushido is the proper way of life for the Japanese. In order to learn the Way, forget about self and awaken to the truth. Drop off illusion, clarify heaven and earth, look at things the way they really are and realize no-self.
We must look after each other without regard to our own welfare, kill selfish desires, bravely face all enemies, and keep a stainless mind- this is Bushido.”
From John Stevens “The Sword of No-Sword”, the life of the master Warrior Tesshu.
Watch the video to see calligrapher Nadja Van Ghelue brushing the Bushido Kanji in semi-cursive script
Bushido Kanji Calligraphy Prints
The collection of Bushido kanji prints shows Bushido brushed in different styles of Japanese calligraphy. I hope you enjoy the Bushido calligraphy prints and use them as visual support in everyday life and for your training.
|Bushido Kanji Print
In Semi-cursive Script
|Japanese Bushido Print
Horizontal Bushido Kanji Calligraphy
Bushido Kanji T-shirt
Buy a Bushido T-shirt with lively hand-brushed calligraphy of the three Bushido kanji, 武 士 道.
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