Two of the most distinctive aspects of the Japanese culture might seem extremely different, when in reality, they are not. Both būshido and sakura have been present in Japanese society almost since the inception of the culture, and yet, after centuries, these concepts are still alive in the Japanese modern world.
Also known as the samurai code of honor, discipline and morality, had its glory during the Edo period (1603-1867), even though this military class arose from the feudal warrior class during the late 1100’s through the early 1300’s. Samurai (word that originally meant “one who serves”), created a life of dedication, loyalty, and true honor based on an unwritten code of conduct – Būshido -, which held that the true warrior must hold that loyalty, courage, compassion, and honor were above all else.
The flower of the Cherry Blossom and Japan’s unofficial national flower. However, the meaning of this flower goes a little bit deeper; in Japan, Sakura is a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, which is symbolized on the concept of mono no aware (物の哀れ), which literally means “pathos” and in Japanese aesthetics refers to the sensitive awareness of and responsiveness toward the world surround us.