孝 Kô

 

 

孝 Kô



Filial Piety


 



Under the system of Confucian morals, children were expected to treat their parents一especially the father一with the utmost respect and consideration.


During the feudal period, they even had to address them as if they were persons of a different rank.


This attitude, called Kô(filial piety), exists not just in Japan, but other Confucian countries like Korea.


These days the relationship of parent and child is much casual, but filial piety is still considered an important social value.