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    • Samurai Dylan Miller & Mike Papathanasakis
    • Who are the Samurai?  Members of the military class  Used a range of weapons such as bows and arrows and spears; but were known greatly for their swords.  Followed the Bushido (“the way of the warrior”)
    • The Bushido  Strongly similar to Confucian nature  Stressed concepts such as loyalty to ones master, self discipline and respectful, ethical behavior.  Would commit seppuku to prevent being captured or dying a dishonorable death.  Seppuku is to commit suicide by cutting the abdomen.
    • Heian Period 794 - 1185 -Samurai’s importance and influence grew -Hired as private warriors -Two military clans were formed at the end of this period, the Minamoto and the Taira, which seized control over the country
    • Kamakura Period 1192 - 1333 -During this period Minamoto defeated Taira -A new government was established in Kamakura in 1192 -Minamoto was granted shogun, which is the highest military officer, making him ruler of Japan
    • Muromachi Period 1333 - 1573 -During this period Era of Warring States took place -This consisted of dozens of independent states constantly fighting one another -During this time Samurai demand was very high -Most samurai worked on farms in between wartime
    • Azuchi- Momoyama Period 1573 - 1603 -During this period Japan was reunited and a caste system was formed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi -This forced all samurai to decide between a farm life or warrior life -For samurai who chose the warrior life, were forced to live in castle towns -It was forbidden for anyone but the samurai to arm themselves with swords
    • Edo Period 1603 - 1868 -The samurai stood at the top of the caste system -All samurai had to live in castle towns -Rogue samurai were called ronin and caused many troubles early in this period -Tokugawa to the right, eliminated his last rival creating peace for 250 years -Because of this martial skills declined and the samurai class was abolished