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Samurai Suicide: Seppuku (Harakiri)

‘Seppuku’ (widely known as ‘Harakiri’ by foreigners) is a Japanese highly ritualized suicide by disembowelment. This ritual is specifically reserved for the samurai, by which they can regain the honour for his family that are left alive, and for him to die in an honourable way. The act of Seppuku itself is not technically a…

Do You Know Where You Can Relive the Famous Story of the 47 Ronin in Tokyo?

The legend of the 47 Ronin (warriors without a lord) has been ingrained into Japanese folklore through books, films, and other forms of art. Known in Japan as the “Ako Roshi,” the story has even made it to Hollywood. With its tale of honor and sacrifice, it captures the essence of Bushido – the samurai…

Saigo Takamori, the Real Last Samurai With a Fascinating Story

One of the aspects of Japan that attracts many people is samurai. Noble Japanese warriors wielding deadly weapons with codes of honor is a cool concept for many people. Although the blockbuster movie starring Ken Watanabe and Tom Cruise, The Last Samurai, was based on the true Japanese figure, Saigo Takamori, the truth does not…

Seppuku: The History and the Ritual

Good faith was considered a prime virtue of a samurai in old Japan. It was believed that an honest man’s word is as good as his bond. Japanese samurai also believed that an honorable death was more desirable than a life of shame. That’s why committing suicide in the battlefield became the habit rather than…

Bushido: The Tenets of The Samurai

The famous Samurai were not just simple warriors with an insatiable thirst for blood. They followed an important codex that ruled their lives. Let’s see if we can learn something from them! Bushido Code A samurai in the process of seppuku upload.wikimedia.org/ The so-called “Bushido” was the traditional code of the samurai. Bushido had several…

Yukio Shige, The Man Who Saves People from Suicide

It is often commented that Japan is a safe country to visit, crime is low and women can walk at night with little worry. However, Japan seems to have a high suicide rate, with some high profile cases appearing each month, in 2014, 70 people were committing suicide every day. Suicide rates have been declining…

Why do so many Japanese commit suicide?

We have seen and heard it in the news. Not once, not twice, but many times. They do it in the privacy of their rooms. Or in a far-away mountain where no one can see. But, worse, within the public’s eyes like in trains, and the latest, in the zero-accident but now tarnished record shinkansen,…