- from Ancient Japan
The samurai were famous for their fighting skills. They were also known for their bravery and loyalty to their daimyo. Their strict code of conduct was called Bushido, or the code of the warrior.
It had rules for almost everything in daily life. Samurai had to face danger and even death with no fear. A warrior who ran from battle or surrendered was expected to kill himself. That was the only way to remove the shame of defeat. That practice is called hara-kiri or seppuku.
But samurai were not just fighters. They also learned the right way to walk, bow, and hold chopsticks. During peaceful times, many wrote poetry. They might work on their flower arranging and calligraphy. Sometimes they spent hours looking at the Moon or at cherry blossoms.