Bushido, the ‘way of the warrior’, is often compared to the western concept of the knight’s code of honour and chivalry. The two were comparable for many hundreds of years. Both valued benevolence, sincerity, justice and loyalty. Both had a strong spiritual perspective, but they diverged in the late medieval period (15th century) when tactics for warfare made mounted knights obsolete in Europe. With the demise of the knightly tradition in the west, and the emphasis on developing the technology…