- Loyalty: handle anything with loyalty
- Benevolence: show compassion and mercy
- Politeness: cultivate the spirit of generosity and respect others' feelings
- Rectitude: stand to reason
- Courage: be brave to achieve justice
Asked about the soul of Japan,
I would say
That it is
Like wild cherry blossoms
Glowing in the morning sun
【鍔桜 Cherry Blossom of Sword Guard】The Japanese national flower "Cherry blossom" hides neither sword nor poison under its beauty with delicate scent and little gaiety. The flower blossoms beautifully and falls beautifully. Its graceful decisiveness is projected onto the view of life and death, such that Bushido Tsurugikai defines Cherry Blossom of Sword Guard as its armorial bearing.
【About Top Photo】
A man in the top photo is an old actor "Seizou Fukumoto".
As one of the members of Tsurugikai, the first group of theatrical sword fighting technique in Japan, he has been killed by sword 50,000 times for 55 years in samurai drama series and movies, such that it is not too much to say that none of Japanese samurai drama passes without his being seen.
He has showed his great skill not only in Japan but also in foreign countries.
In "Last Samurai", Fukumoto played an important role with Tom Cruise and became famous as a "Silent Samurai".
On top of that, at the age of 71 in "Uzumasa Limelight", he played his first starring role as an old man as though it were Fukumoto himself, which brought him a Best Actor Award in Fantasia International Film Festival 2014 in Montreal, Canada. It was the first time to put a spotlight directly on his 55 years-being-killed-role-life. Fukumoto's honest and craftsmanship spirit represents his humble character, and his style of valuing Bushido is exactly that of a real Bushi living in this modern world.