24 Facts About Samurai


Samurai eventually seized control of the central government, establishing the first samurai-dominated government and relegating the emperor to figurehead status.

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Samurai fought at the naval battle of Dan-no-ura, at the Shimonoseki Strait which separates Honshu and Kyushu in 1185.

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Samurai came within a few years of, and laid down the path for his successors to follow, the reunification of Japan under a new bakufu.

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Samurai died in 1582 when one of his generals, Akechi Mitsuhide, turned upon him with his army.

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Samurai commanded most of Japan's major clans during the invasion of Korea.

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Samurai ordered his followers to put forth great effort in studying the military classics, especially those related to loyalty and filial piety.

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Samurai is best known for his quote: "If a man does not investigate into the matter of Bushido daily, it will be difficult for him to die a brave and manly death.

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Samurai stated that it was shameful for any man to have not risked his life at least once in the line of duty, regardless of his rank.

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Samurai is best known for his saying, "The way of the samurai is in desperateness.

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Samurai observed: "The Japanese are much braver and more warlike than the people of China, Korea, Ternate and all of the other nations around the Philippines.

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Samurai were expected to be cultured and literate and admired the ancient saying "bunbu-ryodo" or "The pen and the sword in accord".

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Samurai was usually named by combining one kanji from his father or grandfather and one new kanji.

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Samurai normally used only a small part of their total name.

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Samurai were given the privilege of carrying two swords and using 'samurai surnames' to identify themselves from the common people.

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Samurai had arranged marriages, which were arranged by a go-between of the same or higher rank.

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Samurai could take concubines, but their backgrounds were checked by higher-ranked samurai.

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Samurai was provided with generous revenues: "For the services that I have done and do daily, being employed in the Emperor's service, the Emperor has given me a living".

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Samurai finally wrote "God hath provided for me after my great misery", by which he meant the disaster-ridden voyage that initially brought him to Japan.

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Samurai later married a Japanese woman, taking the name and samurai status of her late husband, Okamoto San'emon, and lived in Japan until his death in 1685, at the age of 83.

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Samurai armor changed and developed as the methods of samurai warfare changed over the centuries.

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Samurai'sll-shaped cask, iron and papier-mache for the shell, beginning of the Edo Period.

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Samurai fought with a bamboo stalk on his back and would mark the heads of his defeated enemies by putting bamboo leaves in their cut necks or mouths, since he couldn't carry every head.

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Samurai were usually loyal to their immediate superiors, who in turn allied themselves with higher lords.

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The animated series, Afro Samurai, became well-liked in American popular culture because of its blend of hack-and-slash animation and gritty urban music.

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