Bushido Code Benevolence Jin Kanji Calligraphy Poster
This bushido code kanji calligraphy features a single character pronounced ‘jin’ and represents benevolence and mercy. It’s one of the eight virtues of bushido, the way of the warrior, the set of moral principles that samurai lived by.
The exercise of power must include the ability to restrain oneself from a reflexive tendency to impose one’s own will on others who are weaker. It’s only through reflection and self-control that the powerful come to show mercy for others.
In this sense, the truest expression of power has as at least as much to do with when it is not overtly exerted as when it is. Compassion and the altruistic acts that often flow from it are the marks of a generous spirit that acts from a foundation of good will.
We offer this design as well as the other seven principles, each on its own, on postcards, keychains, magnets and mugs as well as posters in our zazzle shop.
Brush artist Hiro created this work at his studio in Kyoto by hand. Then we scanned it for use here. It’s also featured on this short bushido code kanji quiz.
The black kanji character contrasts well with a white base, and the likeness of Hiro’s red name stamp in the lower left corner adds a dash of color that brings this design to life. Its simple flair and the history behind it make this work a distinctive piece of wall art that’s just right for spaces with a minimalist decor, be it modern or more folk inspired.
See more bushido code kanji calligraphy art posters here:
- Jisei 自制 Self-control
- Yuu 勇 Courage
- Makoto 誠 Honesty
- Meiyo 名誉 Honor
- Gi 義 Justice
- Chuugi 忠義 Loyalty
- Rei 礼 Respect