Samurai Spirit In The Open Water

Samurai Spirit In The Open Water

Wearing a bright pink swim cap with a direct English translation that means fighting on the water, a masters swimmer on the 19-race Japan International Open Water Swimming Association circuit is as enthusiastic and passionate as any competitor in any culture.

We occasionally hear of the samurai spirit – or the Bushidō code that was followed by the samurai class in Japan. These samurai strived to lead a life that was typified by seven virtues: rectitude (義), courage (勇), benevolence (仁), respect (禮), honesty (誠), honor (名誉), and loyalty (忠義).

When we think of open water swimmers who we know around the world, these same virtues of the samurai are common traits and genuine characteristics among many in the open water crowd. They are a warm, wonderful group of athletes who uplift the communities where they live and serve as role models in many facets of society: swimming samurai in a modern-day sense.

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