The legends of the Japanese warrior – The Samurai

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The legends of the Japanese warrior– referred to as the samurai, are renowned for accounts of military valor and political intrigue—epic conflicts between powerful lords, samurai vassals, and the imperial court—as well as accounts of profound self-sacrifice and loyalty. The term samurai is derived from the word saburau, or “one who serves.” The evolution of the samurai from mounted guards to the nobility (during the twelfth century) and their subsequent ascent to military leaders of Japan is chronicled in distinctive warrior arts and literary tradition. The expression “Age of the Samurai” refers to the long period during which Japan was ruled by its warrior class. That age can be said to have begun with the establishment of a national military government at the end of the twelfth century.

 The samurai warrior class of Japan has always fascinated the western world due to the intriguing contrast between their strict military…

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