Samurai By: Xiomara

The rise of a military society

  • The military gonverment established by Minamoto Yoritomo
  • By 14th century Japan warrior society resemble the lord-vassal system of medieval Eroupe
  • Shogun is the leader
  • Daimyo was the warrior lord of shogun

Samurai Armor, Weapons, and Fighting

  • Went to war with heavy armor
  • Wearing a colorful Robe that was unique
  • Armor was Strong
  • That was flexible so samurai can move
  • Boxlike cover chest and back
  • The metal sleeve protects arms
  • After they put the Farias looking mask that protected face
  • Lastly samurai put the helmet
  • Fought with bows and arrows, Spears and swords
  • Samurai was up to 8 feet long
  • Long bow had great strength
  • Foot soldiers used spears to knock down riders and kill enemy on foot
  • The sword is one of the most prized weapon
  • Samurai sword where the finest in the world
  • Sords were flexible and didn't break
  • Shorter small sword with you to cutting ads
  • Wearing sort of lose the privilege and right
  • The first samurai trained was " The way of the horse and the bow"
  • Learning skills required extensive training
  • Samari were friends to archery masters
  • Samari practice into the know how they know how to shoot without thinking
  • learn how to breathe properly
  • learn how to shop while writing on the back of a gulping horse
  • learn how to force an enemy to make the first move
  • how to stay out of range of enemies sword
  • how to fight in tight spaces or against more than one opponen

Samurai Training and the Warrior Code

  • Learnd self control
  • Learned how to endure pain and suffering
  • Young samurai went for days without eating
  • Marched barefoot in snow and long journeys
  • Held stiff posture for hours without complaining
  • Were told to think of themselves already dead
  • Samurai could never relax
  • Had to know when it is least expected attack
  • Bushido is the code of honor and morals developed by the Japanese Samurai 

Training in writing, literature and tea ceremony

  • Students and fierce warriors had to know writing and literature
  • Calligrapher main tools were brush, block of ink, and paper or silk
  • Calligrapher wet th ink and rubbed until the right consistency
  • Carfuly drew the characters with brush
  • Samurai also wrote poetry
  • Matsuo basho made small poetry called haiku
  • Had 5 to 7 lines and 5 syllables making 17 in all
  • Tea ceremony fosters a spirit of harmony, reverence, and calm
  • The guest had to enter crawling
  • Gust sat quietly and watched the master serve tea
  • Admire how the master combined the tea

Spiritual training

  • In 12th century a monk named Honen found Amida Buddhism
  • Buddhist believed that people can reach paradise
  • Amida had been an Indian prince
  • Zen stressed self-reliance and achieving enlightenment through meditation
  • Zen Buddhist meditate of hours to reach enlightenment
  • Becoming enlightened required giving up everyday
  • Enlightenment masters posed puzzling questions called koans
  • Zen helped samurai learn discipline focus their minds and overcome their fear of death

Women in samurai society

  • In the 12 century samurai women enjoyed considerable stutus
  • When husband died she could inherit his property and perform the duties of a vassal
  • Were expected to be as loyal and brave as men
  • In the 17 century samurai men were the unquestioned lords of their households
  • Young women must obey their father
  • Girls didn't choose their husbands
  • If husband dies the expected them to kill themeselfs
  • Must stick to simple food, simple clothes and stay away from plays, singing and other entertainment


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