Samurai Culture of Japan

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Culture around the world immerses us every day of our lives. The Japanese culture is the most striking to me. The Japanese culture shows of strong warriors exceptionally trained in the mind, body, and in the art of the sword. Samurai are these ancient warriors of past Japanese times. The emergence of samurai dates all the way back in time to 646 A.D., but in the year of the 900’s is when samurai took a strong hold in Japanese culture as well as Minamoto Yoshitsune. Many traditions were left behind by the long-lost samurai like the Bushido Code, the training, and Seppuku. There is still dedication to these long-lost samurai to honor their valiant efforts such as castles, museums and parks, and they are even districts and mansions in honor to samurai. Samurai were the sole purpose of wanting to be in Japanese because learning the history about them would be very intriguing as well as the traditions they presented us. Samurai have presented us with a massive amount of history dating back to 646 A.D. Samurai were originally intended for protecting powerful and wealthy landowners when the Feudal System came about. As time passed, the early emperors lost power over the rural parts of Japan and then samurai took over for the military and political power. When the Emperor Toba died, his succeeding sons waged war causing a civil war and then the Minamoto Clan, the general was Minamoto Yoshitsune, and the Taira Clan took over. These two clans fought each other in the Genpei War resulted in the Minamoto Clan winning which ended with the Kamakura Shogunate. Daimyo’s began turning out when the shogun received opposition from neighboring samurai clans and thus Daimyo got more power. Once the Meiji Restoration had started, one samurai revolted against the restoration and lost the Battle of Shiroyama, ending the samurai era. Back to Yoshitsune, he was the general of the Minamoto
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