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History of Samurai - History of Samurai The Japanese warrior, known as the samurai, has played a significant role in Japan's history and culture throughout the centuries. Their ancestors can be traced back to as far as can be remembered. Some stories have become mysterious legends handed down over the centuries. In this report you will learn who the samurai were, their origins as we know them, how they lived and fought and their evolution to today. It will be clear why the samurai stand out as one of the most famous group of warriors of all times....   [tags: Samurai Japanese Warriors Essays]
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Samurai, Yangban, and Gentry: Dealing with the Problem of the Uprising of the Lower Classes - The samurai of Tokugawa Japan, the yangban of Choson Korea, and the gentry of Ming China were three very powerful and elite groups of East Asia. These groups consisted of high ranking government officials with judicial power and influence. Although the groups were located in the same region they had their similarities and differences in how they obtained power and how they used their power. Japanese samurai were military nobility who had almost as much power as the emperor, but were not the highest ranking officials whereas the yangban officials of Korea were the highest ranking rulers....   [tags: Samurai, Yangban, Japan, history, ] 1063 words
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Samurai - Samurai The samurai were the feudal warriors of ancient Japan. For thousands of years they have upheld the code of bushido, the way of the warrior. Samurai have been around for thousands of years, but when did they disappear. Does the code of bushido still exist to this day. Exploring the history of the samurai will give an explanation to what has happened to these formidable warriors. The samurai, or bushi (warrior), are well-trained cavalrymen that serve a particular lord. The first recorded history of the samurai was about the 9th century A.D....   [tags: Papers Japan Warrior Combat Essays History]
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Analysis of Karl Friday's Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan - In the book Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan, Karl Friday focuses on war in early medieval Japan. A central thesis could be the political primacy of the imperial court. (Lamers 2005) This is the tenth through fourteenth centuries, before the samurai became prominent in Japan and were trying to form themselves into more of what we think of them today. Friday focuses on five aspects of war in his book; they are the meaning of war, the organization of war, the tools of war, the science of war, and the culture of war....   [tags: Friday Samurai Warfare] 1648 words
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Gail Tsukiyama’s The Samurai’s Garden - Gail Tsukiyama’s The Samurai's Garden Gail Tsukiyama’s The Samurai’s Garden is set in 1930s Japan, the theme of war and peace is developed through Character interaction. Characters in the story have very different reactions to the same circumstances. Through the character of Stephen, one can conclude that outside forces do not control a person’s life because in life, people can take what has been given to them and do with it what they wish. In other words, life is what you make of it. Even though the war in China is very important to Stephen, he does not let it interfere with his descisions in Tarumi....   [tags: Samurai's Garden Gail Tsukiyama Essays Papers]
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Seven Samurai - The film Seven Samurai is about a village of farmers who have repeatedly suffered yearly raids by a group of merciless bandits. These bandits steal from the farmers and kidnap the women. Unable to protect themselves, the farmers decide to hire a samurai to do the job for them. This changes the course of their lives in numerous ways. Initially, not everyone in the village agrees with the idea of hiring a group of samurai to kill the bandits and protect them. They are indifferent about the situation and do not want to confront the truth that hiring the samurai is their only chance of survival....   [tags: essays research papers] 1058 words
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Seven Samurai - Seven Samurai Kurosawa creates a masterpiece with the Seven Samurai. This film was created in 1954, it is a Japanese film and it has English subtitles. The Seven Samurai is a story about a small farming village in 16th century Japan that is under constant threat from traveling groups of outlaw bandits. The elders that live in the village decide to hire a defense force to protect them from these outlaws. They enlist a variety of samurai for hire and samurai are willing to work for their food....   [tags: essays papers] 347 words
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Samurai in Film - From Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film Seven Samurai, to the recent box office sensation, The Last Samurai, the famed Japanese warrior, the samurai, has been the subject of hundreds of films. Classically depicted as carrying two swords and sporting a top knot (chonmage), the samurai has been portrayed not only as a warrior and expert swordsman, but as a man of discipline and principles consistent with the bushido. Samurai films exhibit two basic dramatic styles. The jidai-geki (period drama) which are stories based on characters and how they negotiate a variety of political, personal and romantic situations and the chanbara (sword fighting films) which are action packed with dramatic sword fighting scenes....   [tags: essays research papers] 484 words
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Suzuki Samurai - Suzuki Samurai In 1985, automobile company Suzuki was entering the American automobile market with the Suzuki Samurai, a lightweight off-road four-wheel drive vehicle. A dilemma that the American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) was faced with was exactly how to position the Samurai in the American market. There were several options for them to do this, each of which had unique advantages and disadvantages, however only one that would effectively maximize the sales potential for the Samurai. The first option was to position the Samurai as a sport utility vehicle (SUV)....   [tags: Car Automobile Marketing Market] 1217 words
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The Last Samurai - The idea of honor is different to many people. The dictionary defines honor as, That which rightfully attracts esteem, respect, or consideration; self-respect; dignity; courage; fidelity; especially, excellence of character; high moral worth; virtue; nobleness; specifically, in men, integrity; uprightness; trustworthiness; in women, purity; chastity. [1913 Webster]. However in the film The Last Samurai, the idea of honor seems to differ between the different people in each culture. The Americans equate honor with how many battles have been won....   [tags: essays research papers] 910 words
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The Last Samurai - The Last Samurai Think about your friends, family, and your loved ones for a second. Think about what luxuries you have and how you have come to love them. Doesn’t it make you feel blessed and lucky to be who you are. Now imagine being thrown onto enemy territory, a lonely and dangerous place with nothing. In order to survive you must communicate with the enemy and learn to live their way—the total opposite culture you hate. In the movie, The Last Samurai, the author portrays a Civil War veteran, Captain Algren, commander and trainer of Japan’s new technology-efficient military....   [tags: Movies Film] 1933 words
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The Last Samurai - The Last Samurai-Scene 11 - 17 The scene started off with a man by the name of Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) laying on a floor wearing dirty garments and yelling out the name of a man that he had just killed before his capture. The Captain was captured during a fight between the Americans and the Japanese, but instead of killing the American, the Samurai leader Katsumoto (Ken Wantanobe) wanted him alive so that he could learn from his enemy’s ways. The Captain was staying in Katsumoto’s ex brother-in-law’s house with the now widowed young lady and her children....   [tags: essays research papers] 575 words
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The Samurai and the Bushido Code - ... They had a medium sized, very flexible bow that made firing arrows from a horse easier. With Japan's newly trained and bred horses, along with the discipline of the samurai, it made for an unstoppable combination (Blumberg 7). Most of the time when samurai decided to fight, it was alone, one on one. When the samurai were about to engage in battle, most of them would state their rank, family name, and accomplishments. If the samurai was a high-ranked officer, the winner of the duel would have to send the head of the defeated to the capital city where the city officials and the people could see it (Clark 4)....   [tags: Japan, Elite Warriors, Bushido] 1029 words
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The Last Samurai - “The Last Samurai” is a film centered around the idea of journeying physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally. We witness these journeys not only through observations of a character going through a personal transformation but a whole culture around him who is likewise in turmoil. This film allows us to join in on an adventure and journey of the character, the world he enters and the people he meets. The story is based on a time just after the Civil War, a time when the modern western world which had just encroached upon the American West, condemning the Native American, began to engulf traditional Japan as well....   [tags: Film Movie Movies] 752 words
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Influence of the Samurai on Modern Japanese Society - Introduction Throughout History, there have been many different groups or events that are still widely known today. Groups of people such as the Indians or Vikings are popular groups which are referenced constantly in today’s society. However, none of these groups is more known or referenced than the Japanese Samurai. Originating in 646 AD, these Japanese warriors developed from a loose organization of farmers to the dominant social class in Feudal Japan. Along with their dominant military and political standing, the samurai brought with them a unique code or moral belief that became the core of Samurai culture....   [tags: Japanese Culture] 1723 words
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The Origins of the Samurai and Bushido Codes - The Origins of the Samurai and Bushido Codes "Explain the meanings and discuss the concepts and origins of Samurai and Bushido code, then relate these concepts towards the modern Japanese Soldier and Leader during World War 2 and show evidence to support that the Japanese soldier treated enemy prisoners exploiting Samurai and Bushido traditions." Bushido - ???- the feudal-military Japanese code of behavior; the way of the warrior [samurai] Japanese chivalry [knighthood] In order to understand bushido and its traditions, a comparison must be made between the 'traditional' bushido (idealistic) and the bushido code which was adopted into the Japanese military during World War II....   [tags: Japanese Japan History] 2486 words
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Samurai vs Knight - Samurai vs Knight Many people often see little similarity between the country of Japan and Europe. However, there are actually several similarities between these two countries. In fact, Reischauer and Jansen note that Feudal Japan had departed so far from East Asian norms that it was more similar to medieval Europe than it was to China. Thus, the knight of Europe and the samurai of Japan despite a lack of contact with one another shared several common elements. This was a result of many similarities social and cultural influences experienced by the two distant countries....   [tags: Papers] 1340 words
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samurai ethic in modern japan - Yamamoto, Tsunetomo Bushido: The Way of the Samurai Garden City Park, NY 2002 After reading this book it is my belief that it is important for Westerners to understand the seemingly strange concepts of Bushido, not only as a guide to events of the past, but as a primer for understanding the Japanese business mentality of today. The first thought that comes to mind when Japanese work ethic is hard working, no breaks, complete commitment to ones job. There may be a reason why Japan was able to rebuild their country so quickly after World War II, this reason is Bushido, the principles of the samurai....   [tags: essays research papers] 1318 words
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The Samurai Culture in Ichimoji - The Samurai Culture in Ichimoji The differences that were peculiar to Japanese culture are the type of clothes they wore the status in the family rank, and the loyalty of the servants to their master. The style clothes they wore were a robe garment that wrapped around them and was held together with a strip of cloth. These robes were, I think, made of silk which each person wore a different colors to distinguish them and how they were ranked. The status in the family was shown throughout the movie....   [tags: Film Analysis] 295 words
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The Samurai: Warrior and Ruler of Ancient Japan - The Samurai: Warrior and Ruler of Ancient Japan Few countries have a warrior tradition as long and exciting as Japan. It is a tradition found in the Samurai, the loyal and self-sacrificing knight of ancient Japan. The Samurai is a valiant warrior who can both appreciate the beauty of nature in that of a rose blossom but will also kill or die for his master in an instant. This well-rounded warrior was the ruling class of Japan for almost seven hundred years. He fought for control of his country and to keep Japan free from outside influences....   [tags: essays research papers] 1275 words
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Sengoku Basara 3: Samurai Heroes vs. Okami - ... The game casts Nobunaga, who was killed during Sekigahara, as merely the “Demon King ...from Hell” –an inhuman character that has no direct role in the game despite his major influence in history. Additionally, those who fought on the other side (the “Western Army” for example) against Tokugawa did so more to defend their existing territorial rule and government rather than to antagonize Tokugawa as the game portrays. Aspects that were kept include little things such as their historical personalities and incredible feats in the battle for which they were known....   [tags: Gaming ]
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Japanese Katana - ... when the Shinto period began proceeded by the Shishinto period, the era of post-war swords. After the Shishinto period, the modern era of swords called the Gendaito period and the Shinsakuto period began in 1868 A.D. (“Sword History: History Japanese Swords” n.p.). There is no record of when swords were first introduced to Japan. However, it is believed that the Chinese were the first to being these weapons to the country. It was only during the Heian period when these ideas were innovated and thus new methods of sword forging were born (Yumoto 23-24)....   [tags: Art, Sword, Samurai] 1191 words
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Pride, Honor and Survival in The Last Samurai and Hidalgo - Pride, Honor and Survival in The Last Samurai and Hidalgo In the 2004 movie, Hidalgo, the story of how a cowboy and cavalry dispatch rider, billed as the “world’s greatest endurance rider,” is challenged to compete for pride, honor, and his own survival in a 3,000 mile long race known as the Ocean of Fire. Likewise, the story of The Last Samurai depicts how a civil war era captain is charged with the responsibility of training a “modern” Japanese military force, and is captured by Samurai warriors in a battle to quell the Samurai rebellion....   [tags: Movie Film Movies Films Essays]
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Bushido - This period of early development of Bushido, as depicted in these various writings and house codes, already includes the concepts of an all encompassing loyalty to their master, filial piety and reverence to the Emperor. It indicates the need for both compassion for those of a lower station, and for the preservation of their name. Early Bushido literature further enforces the requirement to conduct themselves with calmness, fairness, justice, and politeness. The relationship between learning and the way of the warrior is clearly articulated, one being a natural partner to the other....   [tags: Japan Bushido Samurai] 736 words
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The Caste System Ideology in Akira Kurosaw’s Seven Samurai - The Caste System Ideology in Akira Kurosaw’s Seven Samurai Akira Kurosaw’s Seven Samurai is a film that encompasses various ideologies in order to allow the audience to understand the lives of Japanese people during the 1600’s. The film delves deep in social issues of the roles of the people within the society, the expectations as well as the obligations within the respected castes and elements within groups of ; suffering, working together, protecting family and working for the better good of the community....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 421 words
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Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai and John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven - Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai and John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven The 1954 movie The Seven Samurai, directed by Akira Kurosawa, and its 1960 remake The Magnificent Seven, directed by John Sturges have many similarities; for example, the plot of both movies entails farmers hiring mercenaries to help fend off bandits that annually pillage their farms. The two movies also have differences like the characterization of the bandits in The Magnificent Seven as opposed to The Seven Samurai. One of the main similarities between the Seven Samurai and Magnificent Seven is the plot....   [tags: Film Movie Films Compare Contrast Essays] 625 words
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Social Responsibility in Akira Kurosawa’s Movie, Seven Samurai - Social Responsibility in Akira Kurosawa’s Movie, Seven Samurai It is truly a corrupt time when keepers of the peace must create unrest in order to survive. In sixteenth century Sengoku jidai Japan, it is survival of the fittest; a major part of this survival is what class one has been born into. Organized politics have been said to be a luxury of developed civilizations. Given that a poor farming village in sixteenth century Japan is hardly developed, the harsh rules of nature are ascribed to instead....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 422 words
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Commodore Matthew Perry: American Black Ships in the Land of the Samurai - Commodore Matthew Perry: American Black Ships in the Land of the Samurai One hundred and fifty years ago, an American commodore was assigned by the American President to go to “the barbarian land.” The commodore’s name was Matthew Perry and the land was Japan (Walworth 18). He was curious enough to become interested in the mission, even though it was said that “the Japanese were the least interesting people in the world” at that time (Graff 63). Japan had been closed to the outside world for 250 years....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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The Last Samurai - My Place of Refuge For a number of people visiting places of significance can be the channel for changing one’s point of view on life, recharging one’s emotional battery, or growing closer to one’s family and friends. These favorite places could have characteristics such as captivating beauty, sentimental value or a refuge of serenity. My favorite place where I find refuge is at Pomme De Terre Lake near Bolivar, Missouri. This is where I find a connection with my family and friends. The lake is a place to reflect on times spent growing up and now a place to make new memories with my family and friends....   [tags: essays research papers] 572 words
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The Samurais, The Ultimate Stoics - The Samurais, The Ultimate Stoics For seven centuries, the Samurai were Japan's warrior class. As a class of warriors and knights, they dominated society in feudal Japan. Their code or “ Way of the warrior”, bushido(History of the Samurai-www),called for a life of duty, discipline and self control, on and as well as off the battlefield (History of the World-Houghton Mifflin Company- Boston288). His loyalty and bravery to his lord was much more important than his loyalty to his friends, family and even their emperor....   [tags: essays research papers] 511 words
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Bushido and Hagakure - ... A mind that is not occupied by complications such as emotions is open to anything, and is a state in which a person is totally free to react to an opponent quickly, and decisively. This state is essential to a samurai, and without it he cannot serve his master to the best of his ability. This wu-nien, (or as it is called in Japanese, mushin) picked up from Zen Buddhism, allows a samurai to put aside his own beliefs about right and wrong, and simply obey his master. The lord-vassal relationship is part of the foundation of the society of this period, and the loyalty seen in this relationship is like no other....   [tags: Japan] 1520 words
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An Analysis on Hagakure - ... It is rather a detachment from the thoughts of one’s own mind. This is echoed in Hagakure, in the doctrine of “No Mind”. “No Mind” is a mind that is pure, free of anger, fear or self-importance. A mind that is not occupied by complications such as emotions or worrying about the morality of a situation, is open to anything, and is a state in which a person is totally free to react to an opponent quickly and decisively. This state is essential to a samurai, and without it he cannot serve his master to the best of his ability....   [tags: Philosophy ] 2088 words
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Macbeth: A Foreshadowing - The Throne of Blood is a film that attempts to recreate Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth." This tale is one of greed, deception, and backstabbing traitors. It is the tale of a man prophesized to be king. Once king, he wants more and tries to get what he wants. However, his `trustworthy' friend stabs the king in the back and eventually dies himself. In the end, all that is left is a bunch of dead guys and a castle without a king; pretty tragic if you ask me. This scene begins with two samurai on horseback riding in and stopping at the edge of a forest....   [tags: European Literature] 917 words
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Culture and Ideology in the Movie, Seven - Culture and Ideology in the Movie, Seven Samurai Many directors use their films as a means of glorifying, criticizing, or simply depicting, a particular ideological system. These ideologies are especially visible in foreign films, as the viewer is forced to assess the film from outside his or her culture and ideology, and consider the film in its proper context. Director Akira Kurosawa’s Japanese film Seven Samurai allows the viewer to understand several important aspects of Japanese culture and ideology....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 602 words
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Japanese Martial Arts - Japanese Martial Arts In Japan, especially during the earlier periods of Japanese history such as the Tokugawa, physical adeptness was much revered and valued. This was mainly because of the fact that these strengths were the basis on which much of the population depended upon for survival during these fairly turbulent periods. Throughout time, Japan has been a very organized and scrupulous society, and even its style of physical combat has been sorted into specific categories according to what particular method is being used or referred to....   [tags: Japan Culture Martial Arts Tokugawa Essays] 1253 words
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Japan and Japanese Culture - Japan is a large island off to the east of China it is a great country that has a rich culture. The Japanese religion is based off of two main beliefs, the belief in Shinto and Buddhism many Japanese people believe consider themselves both. The Japanese people were known to be around as early as 4,500 B.C. They have constructed their government style to a constitutional monarchy where they do in fact have an emperor, but he has limited power within the country. The main power of the country is held by the Prime Minister of Japan....   [tags: Informative Essay] 1178 words
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Tokugawa Government - ... Tokugawa society was divided into four categories: the samurai warriors, the peasants, the artisans and the merchants. The samurai warriors were the masters of agriculturalists, artisans and merchants and they were not allowed to be rude or disrespectful towards the samurai (Pg.5). The official merchants were in charge of supplying goods to Samurai’s in which made Edo a consumer capital (Pg.241). The power of merchants had formed most of the wealth for their feudal lords. The Tokugawa merchant officials were considered different from the rising middle class of the West since they did not accept to take their economic powers into political rights (Pg.8)....   [tags: Government, Tokugawa Politics] 905 words
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The Shogun Dynasty - The term Shogun means general. Later, it refered to the leader of the Shogunate (Samurai's government). From 1192-1867, the Shogun ruled Japan. The Emperor reigned but did not rule. The Shoguns were a type of warlords that governed providences and states as a type of Japanese check and balance of the 16th century. The name of that form of government was called Shogunate. The Shogunates ruled as a military dictatorship for over a span of almost 700 years: they fought the Mongolians in 1281, fought in a civil war during 1467-1477, fought for Osaka in 1615, and saw Commodore Perry in 1853....   [tags: Chinese China History] 969 words
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Miyamoto Musashi - Miyamoto Musashi was born in 1584, in a Japan struggling to recover from more than four centuries of internal strife. The traditional rule of the emperors had been overthrown in the twelfth century, and although each successive emperor remained the figurehead of Japan, his powers were very much reduced. Since that time, Japan had seen almost continuous civil war between the provincial lords, warrior monks and brigands, all fighting each other for land and power. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the lords, called daimyo, built huge stone castles to protect themselves and their lords and castle towns outside the walls began to grow up....   [tags: Biography] 1180 words
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Hara-kiri - the spirit of Japan - Almost one million people die in Japan every year. In other words, people die every 31 seconds. Some people die because of illness. Some people die because of car accident. Some people commit suicide. There are many kinds of death in this world. I believe most of those deaths are disconsolate and absurd. However, the honorable but unbelievable death existed in Japan in the middle ages. We call that hara-kiri. Hara-kiri is basically an act of killing your self by cutting open your stomach with a sword, performed especially by the warrior, to avoid shame or losing honor....   [tags: essays research papers] 510 words
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Rise of Warriors - ... This was compounded by the understanding that, if they treated their subjects well and acted as good leaders for the country, they would gain more karma – therefore having more authority with which to rule. Having established a new government and gained authority from an Imperial family member, the Minamoto clan successfully raised the samurai above all other social groups in Japan. The Minamoto clan had some legitimacy regarding their claims to their new-found position of authority. By empowering themselves, they created the first warrior government of Japan – the first true mark of a successful rise of the warrior class to a position of importance....   [tags: Japanese History ]
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Japan History - ... During this period, Buddhism, Taioism and other Chinese traditions were at peak (Morton & Olenik 23). The Heian period was named after the capital Heian-kvo, the modern Kyoto City. It was also the peak of the Japanese imperial court. The period is noted for its literature, art and poetry (Morton & Olenik 23). During this period, the Imperial house had the power although the real power was held by the noble Fujiwara clan who had intermarried with the Japanese emperor. In Japanese, the term Heian means peace and tranquility....   [tags: Japanese Culture, Shinto] 798 words
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Emotion in Japanese Film Fireworks - Emotion in Japanese Film Fireworks "He shows no sign of joy or anger" -- phrase used to describe a samurai (quoted in Nitobe 94). Bushido is a Japanese term for the samurai code of behavior that includes the ideal of self-control. Central to this ideal is the consideration that it is "unmanly" for a samurai to display his emotions on his face (Nitobe 94). This traditional aspect of behaviour penetrates deep into contemporary Japanese culture. By examining Fireworks, a Japanese film of the 1990s, we can observe how the idealized image of the samurai transplants itself into a contemporary gangster film (jakuzza-geki)....   [tags: Film Movies Movie Films Fireworks Japan Essays] 1613 words
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Miamoto Musashi’s The Book of Five Rings - Miamoto Musashi and Bushido During the ancient period of Japan there existed a time of war and power struggles. There were many people who followed the Bushido code or way of the warrior. These people were called samurai. Of the countless men who devoted their lives to the Bushido code there were none greater than Miyamoto Musashi. Musashi was one of if not the most famous samurai to ever walk the lands of medieval Japan. He was a legend in his own time. Miyamoto Musashi was born in 1584 in the village of Miyamoto in the province of Mimasake....   [tags: Miamoto Musashi] 1512 words
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The Role of Women in Japanese Society - The place of women in Japanese society is an interesting blend of illusions and myth. It is within this illusion though that there are two distinct Japanese societies that of the public and private. However, the Western image of Japanese women is of the subservient Japanese woman and this image is real; it is however, only an image. Women in their private family roles’ often are dominant towards the male members of the household. When judged by Western standards, the women of Japan are unusually seen as dedicated to their families....   [tags: Race, Culture, Japan] 4820 words
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Japanese History: The Edo Period - ... His rule set the tone for the shoguns who were to follow. The Tokugawa shogunate continued with Toyotomi Hideyoshi; his achievements were matched by his self-importance. Born a peasant he reinvented himself “describing his conception as a miraculous one brought about by the wheel of the sun.” (de Bary, 437) Adherence to his law was established by the alternate attendance system: the daimyo had to spend every other year in the capital city of Kyoto while their wives and children remained there permanently, essentially as hostages....   [tags: World History ]
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Cherry Blossoms - ... To do so would mean rejecting valuable teachings that symbolized the very essence of Japan’s ability to adapt and endure. Okugawa also said, “Today, it is impossible for me to feel that losing the war was a tragedy. The real tragedy was starting the war, for war is always a tragedy. (p 22)” Likewise, in the United States today, the cherry trees that were given as a gift from Japan are still rooted deeply into the ground. But in order to fully understand the significance of Japan’s gift. It is important to know how the Japanese cherry trees came to America....   [tags: U.S. History ]
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The Conflicted Japan of Yukio Mishima’s Spring Snow - The Conflicted Japan of Yukio Mishima’s Spring Snow Yukio Mishima was a revolutionary author. His dramatic public suicide is the perfect capstone to a life full of turmoil and unrest. Mishima himself was as conflicted as his many stories and plays, which tend to play out the problem of which direction is Japan heading, and should the nation be developing that way. Mishima romanticized the samurai and nurtured a lifelong affair with traditional Japanese theater. At the same time, he admired the West and studied Western art and literature avidly....   [tags: Spring Snow] 1627 words
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Social Change In Japan - The Japanese culture has allowed for very little diversity. This started very early in their history. The social controls used to eliminate diversity are the family, the power of gender, the poor treatment of minority groups, the corporate Japanese mentality, and the respect required by people in authority. However, due to globalization and the shrinking of the world, Japanese society is starting to make the change to diversity. The individualistic mentality shared by the new technology driven younger generation is putting pressure on the old Japanese status quo....   [tags: essays research papers] 1598 words
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