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This is where I post weekly facts about the historical samurai warrior class of Japan!

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Samurai fact of the week!

It's time for another weekly Samurai Fact! This week's fact... Ronin. Otherwise known as drifters or wanderers, ronin are commonly described as "masterless samurai". However, that definition is overly simplified and misleading. To be more precise, ronin are people who USE to be samurai, but have lost the right to hold that title due to losing the masters they were suppose to serve. A samurai's typical defining trait is their loyalty to their masters; specifically their daimyo's. S

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Samurai Equine

 

Samurai fact of the week!

It's time for another weekly Samurai Fact! This week's fact... Boys VS Girls. While it is often used as an umbrella term, the word "samurai" is masculine, meant only for the male warriors of feudal Japan. However, there is such a thing as female samurai too. They are known as "Onna-bugeisha". It's similar yet different to ninja; because while "ninja" is the umbrella term, "shinobi" is meant for male ninjas and "kunoichi" is meant for females, but both words mean the same thing. The ter

Samurai Equine

Samurai Equine

 

Samurai fact of the week!

It's time for another weekly Samurai Fact! This week's fact... Samurai Armor. The image of a samurai has been made iconic thanks to the signature suit of armor they typically wear. This suit often includes floating shoulder armor, a helmet with horns, and the occasional scary face mask. While there have been plenty of moments where a samurai might go into battle with little to no armor, the full suit is preferred for large-scale battle conditions. Some pieces of the armor might be used

Samurai Equine

Samurai Equine

 

Samurai fact of the week!

It's time for another weekly Samurai Fact! (WARNING! WARNING! This week's fact is VERY gruesome. It is not for the faint of heart. Reader discretion is advised.) This week's fact... Seppuku. Also known as "Harakiri", seppuku is a form of ritual suicide committed by samurai for reasons that are often complex and confusing. The major reason any samurai would ever commit to this is to prevent defeat or to preserve honor. If an enemy was moments away from defeating or killing a
 

Samurai fact of the week!

It's time for another weekly Samurai Fact! This week's fact... The Three Great Warlords. In the big civil war "Sengoku" (warring states) era, there were 3 big samurai warlords. While there were others, these were the big three that played the biggest part in unifying Japan. Their names are... Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. Oda is often described as the most cruel and tyrannical of the big 3; if ever there was a warrior that could make you question the honor of

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Samurai Equine

 

Samurai fact of the week!

It's time for another weekly Samurai Fact! This week's fact... The Class System. In the era of feudal Japan, there was a hierarchy of importance for different kinds of citizens. To put a very abridged spin on it (because sometimes the hierarchy could be more complex than this), peasants and commoners were at or near the bottom tier of the hierarchy. The next tier above them were warriors and elites; such as Samurai and Ninja. The upper tier consisted of regional lords (daimyo) and the

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Samurai Equine

 

Samurai fact of the week!

It's time for another weekly Samurai Fact! This week's fact... Code of Honor. I mentioned the major difference between Ninja and Samurai in my first weekly Samurai Fact post. The only other *major* difference between them is their code of honor. For the samurai class, it was a requirement to have a code of honor. Historically, the samurai's code of honor was known as "bushido", or "the way of the warrior". For the ninja class, there was no requirement to have a code of honor. Ninja

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Samurai Equine

 

Samurai fact of the week!

It's time for another weekly Samurai Fact! This week's fact... Archery. Before they were famously known as skilled swordsmen, the samurai class started off as horse-mounted archers. The need for swords and other weaponry arrived when the samurai would be the first ones to charge into war and other battle situations. But we'll be covering the full gambit of their weapons arsenal in another, future samurai fact. 

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Samurai Equine

 

Samurai fact of the week!

This week's fact... The main difference between a samurai and a ninja is one's an occupation, the other is not. If you are a samurai, you are a soldier employed by the emperor, a member of the shogunate, or a regional lord. You are usually paid in money, resources, education, and a greater status in life than the average commoner. If you are a ninja, you are a practitioner of ninjustu. It's a martial art, not a job. Shinobi are male ninja, kunoichi are female ninja. Which is exactly why n

Samurai Equine

Samurai Equine