A life of a samurai

A hereditary commander-in-chief in feudal Japan. Because of the military power concentrated in his hands and the consequent weakness of the nominal head of state (the mikado or emperor), the shogun was generally the real ruler of the country until feudalism was abolished in 1867.

(in feudal Japan) one of the great lords who were vassals of the shogun.

A member of a powerful military caste in feudal Japan, especially a member of the class of military retainers of the daimyos.

Armour in Japan has a history that goes back as far as the 4th century. Japanese armour developed enormously over the centuries since its introduction to the battlefield and warfare.

The tachi was the sword used by the samurai back when they were primarily a mounted force. The sword had a deeper curvature than the katana and hung from the back with cords, with the edge facing down. The deeper curve allowed an easier draw. The tachi was used against foot soldiers.

The military history of Japan is characterized by a period of clan warfare that lasted until the 12th century AD.

Japanese martial arts refer to the variety of martial arts native to the country of Japan.

It was hereditary, but sometimes someone who was in favour with the higher authority could become a Samurai such as the English sailor Williams Adams who sailed to Japan but later became a Samurai

They were trained to fight wars protect the shogun,daimyo, and the land owners

The "way" itself originates from the samurai moral values, most commonly stressing some combination of frugality, loyalty, martial arts mastery, and honor until death.

Samurai live by only listening to the shogun in the same time a samurai values family and other people

The ceremonial disembowelment, which is usually part of a more elaborate ritual and performed in front of spectators, consists of plunging a short blade, traditionally a tantō, into the abdomen and drawing the blade from left to right, slicing the abdomen open.[

The Japanese tea ceremony is called Chanoyu, Sado or simply Ocha in Japanese. It is a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea. Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one's attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, but is about aesthetics, preparing a bowl of tea from one's heart. The host of the ceremony always considers the guests with every movement and gesture. Even the placement of the tea utensils is considered from the guests view point (angle), especially the main guests called the Shokyaku.

a Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism emphasizing the value of meditation and intuition.

According to these scriptures, Amitābha possesses infinite merits resulting from good deeds over countless past lives as a bodhisattva named Dharmakāra.

The place of women in Japanese society provides an interesting blend of illusion and myth. There are two distinct Japanese societies - public and private. The popular Western image of the subservient Japanese woman is real, it is however, only an image. In their private family role, women quite often dominate the male members of the household.

The most significant development in the early centuries at Kyoto is the rise to power of the Fujiwara family.

Busy streets crowded with pedestrians. Shopping opportunities for all budgets, from large merchant houses that pamper their clientele to vendors hawking their wares on the street

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