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Japan Book Club: Bushido: The Soul of Japan – Part 5

December 2, 2011

Nothing is as awesome as a samurai bunny. Nothing. ’m sure we’re all living our lives better now than we were a few weeks ago thanks to what we’ve learned about the samurai code. This week we’ll strive to make you even better human beings – or at least to help you learn a little more about Japanese culture and mindset.

If you’re checking out our website to see what Minooka TAP is all about, welcome.  There’s a post right below this one about our 2013 trip to England and there’s tons of information about the group on the FAQ, TAP Trips, TAP Teachers, and About TAP tabs up at the top of this page.

This post is one of our weekly “homework” assignments.  While we’re preparing for our trip, we host an online book club.  All of the teachers and students that are traveling to Japan have been reading a variety of books about Japan’s history and culture.  Right now we’re reading about book about samurai, but in the last few months, we read a novel about a tsunami, a biographical picture book about a Japanese artist, and the journal of one of Japan’s most famous poets.  Each book is carefully selected to help us make connections to the things we’ll be experiencing when we go on our trip.

Each week we “meet” here on the website and discuss a chapter or two of the book.  This week we’re selecting Part 5 of Bushido: The Soul of Japan.

During preparation for our England trip, we’ll be reading some great books to prepare us for travel also.  Those books will include some Sherlock Holmes, Oliver Twist, the legend of Robin Hood, and some King Arthur myths – along with a bunch more.

This week our Japan group is reading three more chapters of Bushido: Soul of Japan (those of you that are new to TAP, this link will take you to a free e-copy of the book)   – Loyalty, Education of a Samurai, and Self-Control.  Read those three chapters and answer the series of questions below.

If you are confused by the questions or can’t figure out the answers, you may post questions to the teachers and other students in the comments section here.  This is a tough book, so let’s be sure to help one another understand it.  

  1.  Who is a samurai supposed to be loyal to?  What if there’s a conflict and his loyalty is divided between government and family?
  2. How did samurai feel about money?
  3. What is Chi?
  4. What is self-control?

Every student in our Japan group is required to participate.  You must comment on this post with your thoughts, then come back and comment on what other people have said – you are required to make an effort to keep the conversation going by replying to at least 2 other students (more than just “I agree” or “you are right.” Give them reasons why you agree/disagree or what they said that was meaningful – make this a discussion). 

Next, we’ll be reading Hiroshima by John Hersey – you should begin looking for your own copy at a local library or book store soon.  Amazon.com has some cheap used copies available too.  We will start reading that book in about 3-4 weeks.   
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  1. Nate Zurawski permalink
    December 4, 2011 9:25 pm

    1) I was having a little trouble figuring out this one, but i think that it said you had to stay loyal to the government. If there is a conflict divided between family and government you would have to be loyal to the government and hope for the best.

    2) The samurai didn’t like money, they ignored it and people’s love of it.

    3) In the book it says Chi is wisdom placed in one specific place. Chi is one of the things samurai need to have along with Jin (Benevolence) and Yu (Courage). Chi was also used to be a sign of intellectuality.

    4) Self-Control was required for a samurai, they could not show emotion on their faces. They could not embrace their wives in public. I thought the line that said American men kiss their wives in public and beat them in private, but Japanese men beat their wives in public and kiss them in private was a little funny for this book. In the book it also says that calmness of behavior, or composure of mind should not be disturbed by any kind of passion.

    • Blair Tuider permalink
      December 5, 2011 7:59 pm

      I love your desciptions. It was well put how you mentioned an American man will kiss his wife in public and beat her in privet. And a Japanese man will beat his wife in public and kiss her in privet. It was a little surprising to see that.

    • Jessica Sherwin permalink
      December 5, 2011 8:45 pm

      I agree with with the whole situation of both the Japanese and American man that were opposites and that it was a little funny. The only thing that would really make a difference between the two would be the man’s motive. An American man would hit his wife for the “superiority” of being stonger to his wife and prove it by hitting her. While a samurai would possibly have to do this to protect her from enemies and show a look of uncaring to her. I think that really tells the difference.

    • Cj Moody permalink
      December 14, 2011 8:52 pm

      You might have had trouble finding #1 but you described it pretty well

    • Kevin Wilson permalink
      January 4, 2012 8:37 am

      i agree with you that the samurai would probibly be loyal to the government. however, if it were my desision i would be loyal to my family because they would be more important to me.

    • Tyler Pearson permalink
      February 19, 2012 2:34 pm

      I agree nate. Japan has apparently different way7s of treating your wife in public and private, whickh kind of is a flip-flop between the way we treat women in america and how the treat the in medeival japan.

  2. Bobby cortesi permalink
    December 4, 2011 9:35 pm

    1.) Samurai are supposed to be loyal to both their family and master. If they are divided between the government and the family they are to side with family because they would sacrifice themselves first before ” the shedding of their own blood” and would make a final plea to take there own life over someone in their family to show great honor.
    2.) Samurai feels money is unworthy to be respected and is hates money itself, the fact of making or even hoarding it.
    3.) It says in the story that “Chi, which was employed to denote intellectuality, meant wisdom in the first instance and placed knowledge only in a very subordinate place.” which means that it is believed that chi was meant to show intelligence or stand for it and was put into a specific place like feng shui.
    4.) self-control is self discipline and the will power to control our actions

    • Nailah Fisher permalink
      December 5, 2011 3:43 pm

      Bobby i very much enjoyed your explaination on what Chi really is it was very thorou and had a very clear sense in what your direction was with your answer as well at for the 1st question

    • Zach Ciko permalink
      December 5, 2011 5:33 pm

      I like how samuria are loayal to the goverment and their family, but I think a person should be more loyal to family instead of the goverment because your family makes you into what you are.

    • Nate Zurawski permalink
      December 6, 2011 1:53 pm

      Your answer for Chi was very informative.

  3. Zach Ciko permalink
    December 4, 2011 9:43 pm

    1. A samuria is mainly loyal to a higher ranking official, but they will often be loyal to the goverment because they are one of the most highing rank officials in the country.
    2. They really didn’t care about money because their duty was to the higher official not to them selves
    3. Chi is like their inner power
    4. Self- control is able to control yourself when something is annoying you or when you want to lash out

    • Nate Zurawski permalink
      December 6, 2011 1:51 pm

      That’s what I thought for your first answer, I was a little confused by the way it was written in the book.

    • Sydney Bebar permalink
      December 7, 2011 8:03 pm

      I was really confused on some of the answers but I ended up with the same answers as you.

    • Shane Chetney permalink
      December 9, 2011 12:09 pm

      I was confused too. Who is ranked higher than samurai if they are one of the most high ranked officials.

    • Cj Moody permalink
      December 14, 2011 8:54 pm

      I like your answer for self control… It was different

  4. December 4, 2011 9:54 pm

    1) A samurai is supposed to be loyal to his family and the government. If there is a conflict here then he is to be loyal to the government.
    2) The samurai view money as invaluble for their services. Money was only to be given for something that was done that was tangible.
    3) Chi is intellect or wisdom in the first instance.
    4) Self control is the discipline of fortitude on one had and politeness on the the other.

    • Zach Ciko permalink
      December 5, 2011 5:31 pm

      I like the defintion you had for Chi I though of it as power not wisdom.

    • Blair Tuider permalink
      December 5, 2011 7:57 pm

      I agree with all that you have stated. Your answers are accurate. I was surprised samurai did not care for money in the book.

    • Jessica Sherwin permalink
      December 5, 2011 8:47 pm

      I like how you added that money was handed out to those who’ve truly and honestly earned it. Though, even in this case, the samurai did not expect the money.

    • Bobby cortesi permalink
      December 11, 2011 11:38 am

      i have to disagree i believe based on the reading the samurai would save there family before the government because they would sacrifice themselves before ” the shedding of there own blood” meaning family.

  5. Nailah Fisher permalink
    December 5, 2011 3:39 pm

    1. The samurai is always loyal to the government and to their family. They are to be the most loyal to their family because they will always be there for them. If there is a conflict between the two then the samurai side with their family because their family will always be their to protect them and be loyal.
    2.The samurai despise money and find its to be worthless. They feel like money has no purpose and should’t have been created. Money to them is like garbage as if there should be a disposal of it and the respect people give to it isn’t worth anything.
    3.Chi is wisdom showing in which the ones who are wise. Samurai need chi as though it is like honor in the simplest way being of intellectuality.
    4. Self control is the discipline and will power you have to maintaining your self and keeping yourself in charge of your actions. To the samurai without self control you’ve almost in a way disgraced and lost the honor you once had. It is when you uphold and have the determination to think of the outcome and consequence of an action you would desire to take.

    • Mark Burjek permalink
      December 8, 2011 8:48 pm

      I disagree when your say that samurai think money is garbage. They do not think its trash and should be disposed of, they just kind of ignore it and pretend like it doesn’t exist, because it didn’t affect them.

      • Jacob Kosinski permalink
        December 11, 2011 5:57 pm

        I agree with you Mark. The Samuri don’t really hate money, it just isn’t imortant to them.

      • Nailah Fisher permalink
        December 12, 2011 5:04 pm

        i disagree with you yes they think that it doesnt exist they dont see a purpose for it and do very well believe that the disposal of it would help the world.

    • Bobby cortesi permalink
      December 11, 2011 11:35 am

      i really enjoyed your explanation of self control and helped me understand and get a better understanding of self control.

    • Kevin Wilson permalink
      January 4, 2012 8:31 am

      i like the way how you described their feelings about money. i kind of feel the same way about money because i think life would be alot eayser and simpilar without money.
      the reason i think this is because that insted of doing things for money people would just do what they want to do and if you look at all the jobs in the world their is people that like doing them so we would still have every thing we have today is we didin’t have money.

  6. Mark Burjek permalink
    December 5, 2011 4:19 pm

    A samurai is supposed to be loyal to both his family and the government. If there is a conflict or a disagreement, he is to side with the government.

    The samurai did not care for money, because it had nothing to do with them or their duties. While money is important for most things, they found ways to survive without it.

    “Chi, which was employed to denote intellectually, meant wisdom in the first instance and placed knowledge in a very subordinate place.” In my opinion, this means their power to use what they know and apply it to their work. All samurai should have it, and ordinary people do not have the trait.

    Self-control is not participating in inappropriate behavior you feel the need to. Self-control, in simplest form, is controlling yourself in enticing situations.

    • Elise Vice permalink
      December 12, 2011 8:43 pm

      I hate that they have to side with the government, I know they have different morals that us, but it doesn’t seem fair.

      • Alyssa Gue permalink
        December 29, 2011 12:40 pm

        I agree with you Elise. You shouldnt have to side with anoyone if you don’t agree with them. It isn’t fair, like you said.

    • Persephone Allee permalink
      December 31, 2011 1:39 am

      I find the entire self-control thing really interesting. I understand some of the it, like trying to refrain from crying in public, can make you look a little less professional. I don’t think doing some of these will cause to the extent of what the book described, though.

    • Kamil Czaplinski permalink
      March 12, 2012 11:40 pm

      Its almost funny how they treated money because now-a-days, you can’t survive with out money practically. Back then it might have been possible, but now its is near impossible.

  7. Tyler Pearson permalink
    December 5, 2011 6:33 pm

    1. A samurai is supposed to be loyal to his family and governing body. If conflict occurs in the family, then it’s just the government.
    2. Samurai thought of money as invaluable to them. Money was only given out for a task that was tangable and finished.
    3. Chi is wisdom or intellect in the first instance
    4. Self control is the disipline with fortitude on one hand and politeness on the other.

    • December 9, 2011 7:02 pm

      I agree with your answer to 3. Chi, in the book was regarded to as wisdom. I think that wisdom is needed in a set of principles. You cannot just have a bunch of nice people who follow rules mindlessly like sheep. They must be able to think for themselves.

    • Kamil Czaplinski permalink
      March 12, 2012 11:50 pm

      I like your answer to number 2 because now money has all this value of a dollar, five, etc. but to the samurai, it had absolutely no value even if it said 1000 on it. To them, it was valueless.

  8. Blair Tuider permalink
    December 5, 2011 7:55 pm

    1) a samurai is supposed to be loyal to the goverment and to his loved ones (family). If there is a conflict between the family and the goverment then the samurai must be loyal to the goverment.
    2) The samurai does not care for money, they had no respect for it. The samurai thought money was worthless.
    3) Chi is wisdom , it was to show intelligence.
    4)Self control is the power to control yourself in certain matters. It is like disipling yourself for somthing you have not already done. To control your actions under certain circomstances.

    • Sydney Bebar permalink
      December 7, 2011 8:05 pm

      I find it interesting that samurai must be loyal to government before family. It seems unfair to leave family behind and be dictated by the government.

      • Lyssette Bedolla permalink
        December 11, 2011 8:48 pm

        Sydney, I was thinking the exact same thing. You would think that family was more important to them than what the government thinks.

  9. Austin Stein permalink
    December 5, 2011 8:23 pm

    First off, the samurai was to be loyal to his family and his ruling government. However, it seemed more as if the samurai was to be loyal to his goverment if in conflict between the two. Samurai more or less thought as money as nothing more than a piece of invaild gratiude. It was almost purposeless to them. Chi was wisdom/knowledge in the first instance. Finally, self-control for the samurai was the act of no emotion being shown to be polite. It was almost a head without a face, showing nothing but the skin iteslf. The blank, consealed face of nothing is how I’d put it.

    • Mark Burjek permalink
      December 8, 2011 7:02 pm

      I like the example you used of the head without a face. It’s kind of like knowing something is there, but not being able to see it. Good work.

  10. Jessica Sherwin permalink
    December 5, 2011 8:39 pm

    1. A samurai is loyal to his master, family, government, and anyone else who has a higher ranking than he himself. A samurai would have to choose the government for they are on a higher ranking level than a samurai’s family.
    2. The samurai didn’t care about money, since they cared more for their services and loyalty.
    3. Chi is the wisdom or the “intellectuality” in the first instance and give out knowledge in specific areas.
    4. Self-control is the ability of your self-consious to hold back the urge to do wrong doings and keep a calm behavior.

    • December 6, 2011 10:55 pm

      the way you describe self control is like the person is a dog and the consious is it master holding it back every time it passes a rabbit it wants to chase, i liked the visual affect, good word choice.

      • Austin Stein permalink
        December 8, 2011 1:52 pm

        I would have never thought of it like that Jackie. Interesting way of looking at it. 🙂

  11. Ben Trouvais permalink
    December 6, 2011 3:54 pm

    1) A samurai is expected to be loyal to his family and the government. If, for some reason, there is a conflict here, he is expected to be loyal to the government. This is because the samurai are doing work for the government and because the samurai are a sort of government figure.
    2) The samurai didn’t care for money. They thought that they shouldn’t be physically awarded for their services.
    3) Chi is one’s intellect. It also goes hand in hand with benevolence and courage.
    4) Self control is the ability to deal and cope with situations and problems without becoming mad or upset. You must respect the other person’s feelings and opinions, too.

    • December 6, 2011 10:53 pm

      Good point with how you mentioned the similarity between courage and benevolence with the Chi, i liked it.

    • Lyssette Bedolla permalink
      December 11, 2011 8:54 pm

      I really liked how if they had done a good service/deed the samurai would not take the money. Even if they had really earned/ deserved it.

    • Persephone Allee permalink
      December 31, 2011 1:45 am

      It, to me, seems very odd that the samurai are expected to side with the government. I understand why, being as you said similar to government figures, but it is just very different. I don’t know how it would be possible to put them in front of your very own family.

  12. December 6, 2011 10:52 pm

    1) A samurai is a very loyal person, and is expected to be loyal to both his family and government. If a conflict were to arise though, they would stay loyal to their government due to their unspoken standing in the government.
    2)In the mindset of a samurai, money had no value to them and being rewarded physically was somewhat a taboo.
    3)Chi was the intelegence a person had, it was their knowledge of the world around them and was important to the samurai’s appearence to himself.
    4)Self control is how you cope or deal with something your given in life. When you are faced with a problem or conflict, your self control is how you respond.

    • Austin Stein permalink
      December 8, 2011 1:50 pm

      I find that their ability to be totally under-control and calm at all times was a true gift from the heavens. I wish everyone had that gift, even though it might be best sometimes to get it all out at once.

  13. Meghan Moreno permalink
    December 7, 2011 6:33 pm

    1. A samurai is supposed to be very loyal to his family, his master, and his government. If there was a conflict, they are expected to stay loyal to their government.
    2. The samurai didn’t care much about loyalty, they just cared about being physically rewarded for their services.
    3. Chi was a person’s intelegence.
    4. Self control is how you control your actions in situations. It is dealing with urges to do wrong things.

    • Elise Vice permalink
      December 12, 2011 8:46 pm

      Self-control is a good quality to have.

    • Hannah Schram permalink
      January 4, 2012 10:32 pm

      I find it harsh that the samurai side with government over family and for your second question, I hope you meant money instead of loyalty.

  14. Sydney Bebar permalink
    December 7, 2011 8:02 pm

    1. A samurai is expected to be loyal to his family, master, and government. If his loyalty is to ever be divided between family and government, he should always stay loyal to the government.
    2. A samurai cares very little about oney and mostly about their loyalties.
    3. Chi is intelligence or wisdom, going with benevolence or courage.
    4. Self control is how you control your actions and emotions in difficult or frustrating situations.

    • December 9, 2011 7:04 pm

      I agree with you on self control. It is important for one to have self control. Otherwise, samuri could just give into bribes, and act before they think.

      • Jacob Kosinski permalink
        December 11, 2011 6:01 pm

        I disagre with you Conrad when you say Samuri would give into bribes without any self controll, because money doesn’t mean anything to them in the first place.

  15. December 10, 2011 3:14 pm

    1. A samurai is to be loyal to mostly the government, but also to his family. If there is a conlfict, he is to side with the government.
    2. A samurai cares little about money, they mostly care about their honor and loyalty.
    3. Chi was a person’s intelegence and wisdome.
    4. Self control is how you control your emotions and actions in a situation.

  16. Jacob Kosinski permalink
    December 11, 2011 5:25 pm

    1) A samurai is supposed to be loyal to his family and the government. If there is a conflict between family thenthe samuri is supposed to be loyal to the government.
    2) The samuri doen’t care about money, but mostly their loyalties
    3) Chi is someones intellengence
    4) Self controll is your self disipline and being able to controll yourself in different situations.

  17. Lyssette Bedolla permalink
    December 11, 2011 8:42 pm

    1.) a samurai is expected to be loyal to his family and government. If his loyalty is to ever be divided between family and government. He should always stay loyal to the government.
    2.) to the samurai money was worthless.
    3.) chi is wisdom/intellect in the first instance.
    4.) self control is self discipline and the will power to control our actions.

    • DREW BURJEK permalink
      January 5, 2012 9:56 pm

      i disagree, a samurais money is definatly not worthless. They need it, it is just not as important to them as of being phisically rewarded.

  18. Nailah Fisher permalink
    December 12, 2011 5:09 pm

    i have a ?. If samurai dont like money do they use it to eat and buy clothes because even if they grew food and made clothes they still have to pay for fabric and seeds to grow rice.

    • Ben Trouvais permalink
      December 23, 2011 12:25 pm

      I guess, because they are high ranking, that the government, or superior, would provide them with the things they need.

  19. Elise Vice permalink
    December 12, 2011 8:33 pm

    1. A samurai is supposed to be loyal to his government and his family. Though, if he were to have to choose, government would come first.
    2. To a samurai, money meant almost nothing. They focused on their own loyalties.
    3. Chi is wisdom and intellect in the first instance.
    4. Self-control is having will power, knowing when to stop, something many people don’t have.

    • Ben Trouvais permalink
      December 23, 2011 12:27 pm

      I liked how you said that self-control is knowing when to stop. It’s not just knowing that something is wrong, but controling yourself not to do it.

    • Alyssa Gue permalink
      December 29, 2011 12:44 pm

      I also liked your way of phrasing self control. You’re right not many people have enough will power to force themselves not to say something or do something that is inappropriate.

  20. Shane Chetney permalink
    December 12, 2011 9:30 pm

    1)Samurai are supposed to be loyal to both their family and master. If they are divided between the government and the family they are to side with family because they would sacrifice themselves first.
    2) The samurai thought money was worthless. That it had no meaning to it
    3)Chi is like their inner power
    4) Self-control is the restraint of one’s actions, feelings, etc.

  21. Cj Moody permalink
    December 14, 2011 8:51 pm

    1 they both loyal to the government and family.. They are more loyal and honest to their families because they care for eachother… Not the government
    2 money was almost nothing to the samurai .. They didnt want to get rewards for being a samurai.
    3 chi means wisdom in the first instance and placed knowledge only in a very subordinate place.
    4 Self control is the restraint of your actions

  22. December 15, 2011 10:20 am

    1.) A samurai is supposed to be loyal to their family and government.
    2.) If there was a conflict, they are EXPECTED to stay loyal to their government.

  23. December 15, 2011 10:21 am

    3.) Chi is ones intellect and wisdom.
    4.) Self control is having will power.

  24. Drew Burjek permalink
    December 23, 2011 12:28 pm

    1.) A samurai is always supposed to be loyal to his family, his government and his master. If there is a conflict, for any reason, the samurai is to be on the governments side.
    2) Samurai view money as invaluable because of their services. Samurai didn’t need rewards for being a samurai, because they were loyal to their government.
    3) Chi is somebodies knowledge.
    4) Self-control is how you control yourself in situations.

  25. Alyssa Gue permalink
    December 29, 2011 12:43 pm

    1. Samurai must always be loyal to his family and the government. If there is any conflict, they are to side with the government.
    2. Samurai did not take rewards, like money, for their service, they found it had no value, since they were loyal to the government.
    3. “Chi” is one’s wisdom.
    4. Self-control is how you control yourself and using will power to conduct yourself in a proper manner.

    • Tyler Webber permalink
      January 3, 2012 2:45 pm

      Do you think you have chi?

  26. Persephone Allee permalink
    December 30, 2011 11:01 pm

    1) Samurai are supposed to be loyal to both their family and government. If a conflict would arise though, his loyalty would go to the government. I find this a little weird but I suppose I understand it. They hold somewhat of a government position in a way.

    2) The samurai felt that money was practically worthless, that it meant nothing. “Luxury was thought the greatest menace to manhood, and severest simplicity was required of the warrior class, sumptuary laws being enforced in many of the clans,” supported this and further explained that they didn’t focus on money but more on the loyalties.

    3) “Chi, which was employed to denote intellectuality, meant wisdom in the first instance and placed knowledge only in a very subordinate place” It was one of the three things that made up Bushido, the other two being Jin(benevolence) and Yu(courage).

    4) Self-control, as described in the book, is where a person hides their emotions from the public. They are “stoic”, that they reveal littl about themselves. If they can do this, they are considered to have strong character.

    • Tyler Webber permalink
      January 3, 2012 2:44 pm

      If you were a samurai, would you have the courage to be able to turn down a reward or money?

    • January 3, 2012 3:25 pm

      Well it is most impressive when someone can hide so much about themselves and be in public alot. Samurai are most impresive.
      But I wonder if some people would just suddenly brust out of sences to hide emotions that were spilling out?

    • DREW BURJEK permalink
      January 5, 2012 10:00 pm

      I like how you described samurais as “stoic”. That’s a great word to describe them because they try to reveal little about themselves. It’s great how you interpreted the books way of describing how samurais hide their emotions.

  27. Tyler Webber permalink
    January 3, 2012 2:43 pm

    1. A samurai is supposed to be both loyal and respectful to their family, government, and master. If there were to be any conflict, the samurai should side with the government.
    2. The samurai did not take any reward, such as money, it had no value to them because they had close ties with the government.
    3. Chi is one’s intellectualism or wisdom.
    4. Self-control is the controll someone has over themself. They can hise their emotions, no matter how strong, in public.

  28. January 3, 2012 3:21 pm

    1) Samurai were supose to be loyal to both their family and the government. If conflict stricks, then loyality belongs to the government.
    2) Samuria felt like money was just paper and coins. It had no worth. They didn’t want to touch.
    3) Chi is wisdom. With Jin and Yu, the three created Bushido.
    4) Self-control is a “discipline of disciplines”. It is being able to controll one’s emotions in public settings.

    • Yazmine Thomas permalink
      January 4, 2012 3:10 pm

      To little kids money is worthless much like how a samuria feels

  29. Ebony Alvarado permalink
    January 3, 2012 5:46 pm

    1. a samurai is to be loyal to both their family, and the government. if a conflict is to occur then there loyality goes to government.
    2. the samurai didnt really care much for money, to them there was no value of it.
    3. chi is wisdom, or intellect.
    4. self-control, is the ability to control ones emotions. also to control yourself with will power.

    • Yazmine Thomas permalink
      January 4, 2012 3:14 pm

      Self control is having will power to stop yourself from doing anything rash or unintelligent.

  30. Kevin Wilson permalink
    January 4, 2012 8:24 am

    1. A samurai is supposed to be loyal to both his family and the government. If there is a a disagreement, he is to suppose to side with the government. however if it were my desision i would side with my family.
    2. to samurai money was not importent they didn’t want anything to do with it because they found ways to live without it.
    3. Chi is wisdom or intellect in the first instance
    4. self-control is being able to stop your self from doing something that will in the end cause bad or worse things to happen or just not doing something that you know isin’t the right thing to do, even if you feel a strong erg to do that thing.

    • Hannah Schram permalink
      January 4, 2012 10:29 pm

      I agree with you about how samurais should side with their families. Although they side with goverment, it would be more appropriate to side with family since they are truthful and protective to you.

  31. Yazmine Thomas permalink
    January 4, 2012 3:06 pm

    1)Samaurai is loyal to both family and government, but if conflict goverment is to comes first.

    2) Samauria didnt care much abount money.

    3) chi is knowlege.

    4) control or restraint of oneself or one’s actions or feelings.

  32. Hannah Schram permalink
    January 4, 2012 10:26 pm

    1. Samurai are very loyal and should be loyal to their family and the government. If there was to be a conflict, the samurai would side with the government first over family.
    2. Samurai felt as if money didnt exist and therefore it meant nothing to them because they mainly focused on their loyalties.
    3. Chi was somebody’s intellectualism, wisdom, and knowledge which was one of the three things that created Bushido.
    4. Self-control is how you control yourself in certain situations and according to the book, it’s where a person hides their emotions from the public.

  33. Kamil Czaplinski permalink
    March 12, 2012 11:35 pm

    1. The samurai are supposed to be loyal to, most importantly to the government, and also to their family. If a conflict happens, then the samurai must listen and be loyal to what the government tells them to do, over their family.
    2. The samurai thought that money wasn’t at all needed in life and had didn’t really care about it either. They found being loyal a lot more important than money.
    3. Chi is someones intelligence or wisdom at the very beginning of a situation.
    4. Self-control is knowing when to stop doing a certain action or thought. The book also includes that it is showing little emotion in public.

  34. Kamil Czaplinski permalink
    March 12, 2012 11:36 pm

    1. The samurai are supposed to be loyal to, most importantly to the government, and also to their family. If a conflict happens, then the samurai must listen and be loyal to what the government tells them to do, over their family.
    2. The samurai thought that money wasn’t at all needed in life and had didn’t really care about it either. They found being loyal a lot more important than money.
    3. Chi is someones intelligence or wisdom at the very beginning of a situation.
    4. Self-control is knowing when to stop doing a certain action or thought. The book also includes that it is showing little emotion in public.

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