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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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Overcoming Isolation in The Samurai's Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama - ... This reclusive feeling is expanded even more by the “complete white silence” hanging the air. Stephen feels very secluded because the quiet calmness of the village is a harsh contrast to the bustling city life he is used to. In this quote, it is clear that disease leads Stephen to isolation, because had it not been for his disease, Stephen would not have to come here and stay alone with Matsu. Much later in the novel, after having settled down in Tarumi, Stephen receives a letter from his friend King from Hong Kong....   [tags: The Samurai's Garden, Gail Tsukiyama] 983 words
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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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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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The Last Samurai - ... There, the need for world domination, money and power caused for greed and ruthlessness to overpower the vicinity of, what was once glorious America. The Americans during this time, were known as one of the greatest armies, due to the fact that they had overcome adversity and fierce adversaries from their past. Their ability to do so came from their innovations in technology and hunger for conquest. Technology played a large role in the film and in American history. The film had a large emphasis on firearms, particularly near the end....   [tags: Film Summary, Review] 780 words
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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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Individualism in Samurai Culture and History - ... This showed status and power to the individual samurai to able to partake in this form of recreation. Separate from the culture of Japan the societal structure allowed samurai the the ability to acquire independence and power on their own. Each samurai house was an independent organization, allied and united with other houses, all loyal to the Shogun as vassals but had many subordinates of their own (Ikegami 82). These independent houses allowed the samurai to practice their qualities of absolute loyalty....   [tags: Japan, muromachi, kamakura, seppuku]
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Individualism in Samurai Culture and History - ... These activities were enjoyed by the samurai who had enough time and money to spare. This showed status and power to the individual samurai. Also, within society each samurai house was an independent organization, allied and united with other houses (Ikegami 82). These independent houses allowed the samurai to practice their qualities of absolute loyalty. Samurai continuously battled the conflict of autonomy verse heteronomy which showed their desire to be influential and of high status (Ikegami 84)....   [tags: Principles, Self-Reliance]
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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 - The samurai were élite warriors in Japan during the 1200’s to the early 1700’s. Fifth century Japan saw conflicts with Korea and China, but Japan had a very untrained army, with a clumsy Calvary, and poor infantry men (Blumberg 1). The reason was that horses were seen as a burden and were never bred to be strong, fast, and large for war purposes (Blumberg 2). In the 6th and 9th centuries, a series of rebellions in Japan began from the Emishi people of the northern home islands; these country people were very well-trained in mounted archery....   [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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The Last Samurai, by Edward Zwick - ... Though Algren disagrees with the thought of killing more undeserving people he accepts anyways, stating “I have been hired to suppress the rebellion of yet another rebel leader. Apparently, this is the only job for which I am suited. I am beset by the ironies of life.” Algren’s ironies of life illustrate his opposition to senseless, unfair wars yet beleaguer him consistently to conform, generating emotions of loathe, apathy and dissent. To conclude, Algren’s chronic emotions are a result of his distressing conflict between paradigms....   [tags: Character Analysis, Apathy] 1099 words
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The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama - ... Stephen feels very secluded because the quiet calmness of the village is a harsh contrast to the bustling city life he is used to. In this quote, it is clear that disease leads Stephen to isolation, because had it not been for his disease, Stephen would not have to come here alone and stay with Matsu. Much later in the novel, after having settled down in Tarumi, Stephen receives a letter from his friend King from Hong Kong. After reading the letter, Stephen laments, “Whatever, I suddenly ached to be doing the same thing....   [tags: Book Analysis, Isolation, Overcoming Adversity] 929 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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Samurai: The Feudal Warriors of Japan - The samurai were the feudal warriors of ancient Japan. For thousands of years they upheld the code of bushido, the way of the warrior. Samurai were 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: Japan Warrior Essays]
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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 Edo Period: A Era of Peace - ... Economically, Japan was greatly decentralized. The bakufu held zero interest in stable economic policies, and any created were often "short-sighted" (Industrialization). While the han had some power, they mostly fell under the iron fist of the bakufu even regarding income and expenses. If the bakufu deemed an action or decree unsatisfactory, the han could not enact the idea or risk dire consequences (Industrialization). As stated earlier, the Sankin kōtai, was a prevention of the accumulation of currency....   [tags: samurai, ninjas]
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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 - Japanese video games are a popular cultural phenomenon both inside and outside of Japan. This success can be attributed to Japanese companies’ ability to successfully market and invest in their products whether they arise from a manga, anime, or popular icon. Mia Consalvo, Associate Professor at Ohio University, attributes the Japanese video game industry’s success to Japan’s “historical tendencies [of a self-sufficient economy], Japanese game companies have found a ready market at home, with little fear of outside competition.” Video games offer a diverse array of themes and concepts for developers to consider in their design; on the other side of the industry are its consumers, who have many different experiences to gain from playing the plethora of games available to them....   [tags: Gaming ]
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Japanese Katana - A popular ancient Japanese saying states that “The sword is the soul of the warrior.” (Buchanan 120) The warrior in the proverb pertains to the samurai of feudal Japan and the sword refers to their most prominent weapon, the Katana. An ancient blade made through a complicated forging process, the Katana is truly a work of art. Also known as the Japanese long sword or the samurai sword, the Katana is a curved, single-edged blade with ridges along its exterior. It is primarily used as a weapon to cut down or slash its foes (Robinson 28)....   [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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Garden State, Cool Hand Luke, and The Last Samurai -      In the movie Garden State, Natalie Portman‘s character is trying to get Zach Braff‘s character to do something really stupid and silly, and says “This is your one opportunity to do something that no one has ever done before and no one will copy through-out human existence. And if nothing else you'll be remembered as the one guy who ever did this… this one thing.” It’s movies like this, movies that are written with great meaning, that I walk away from with just this warm unexplainable feeling....   [tags: Film, Movies] 953 words
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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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Overcoming Isolation in The Samurai’s Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama - ... A lack of other people is revealed by Stephen commenting “didn’t seem to be anyone else here, just me, Matsu”. This sheltered feeling is further expressed by the “complete white silence” hanging the air. If it had not been for his disease, Stephen would not have needed to live in Tarumi and feel isolated as such. Much later in the novel, after having settled down in Tarumi, Stephen receives a letter from his friend King from Hong Kong. After reading the letter, Stephen laments, “Whatever, I suddenly ached to be doing the same thing....   [tags: literary analysis] 857 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 - The fundamental philosophy of the samurai is that of detachment from the self. In the opening of Hagakure, Tsunetomo states that “the Way of the Samurai is found in death”. Death is not to be feared by the Samurai, it is to be embraced. The relationship between the samurai and his master is of the utmost importance, and only through detachment can the samurai fully and properly serve his master. These are two core, fundamental philosophies of bushido, and are influenced heavily by two other prominent schools of thought of the time, Zen Buddhism and Confucianism....   [tags: Japan] 1520 words
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An Analysis on Hagakure - One of the most fundamental philosophies of the samurai is that of detachment from the self. This detachment allows for a freedom from fear, which is essential to the samurai warriors. In the opening of Hagakure, Tsunetomo states that “the Way of the Samurai is found in death”. These rank among the greatest and most well known phrases in Japanese history, and in fact in the history of the world. Death is not to be feared by the samurai, it is to be embraced. The relationship between the samurai and his master is of the utmost importance, and only through detachment can the samurai fully and properly serve his master....   [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 government had belonged to the Shoguns and was successful in forming and keeping an affordable system that had lasted two and a half centuries (Pg.3). Tokugawa government’s goal was to maintain “under the centralized power in the context of a feudal system, in which the various lords (daimyo) could retain their autonomy (Pg.3).” Tokugawa Shogun had his castle in Edo and he had also established the Shogun government in Edo and it is now presently known as Tokyo. The Edo government of the Tokugawa was known as bakfu (Pg.3)....   [tags: Government, Tokugawa Politics] 905 words
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Heaven and Hell - ... It has become very subjective to me. I believe that the ‘one’ or to be a part of the ‘one’ is to help others where help is needed; to avoid being conceded or self-indulged; moreover, being there to help the others reaching their potential (Penner, The Way of the Samurai, 2013). The Samurai believe that if you continue to think about tomorrow, you will only add baggage into your life (Penner, The Way of the Samurai, 2013). The Samurai also believe in not letting failure, guilt and shame from becoming a part of someone’s life; but rather letting these things go and acting in such a way in which you believe is right (Penner, The Way of the Samurai, 2013)....   [tags: religion, faith, religious beliefs, good, evil]
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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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