However, if a sword for a high ranking samurai was to be mad they would have the best sword smith in all of japan to craft the sword, spear, and dagger. The samurai had different types of armor too for each of their different classes. The shogun had his own type of amour that signified who he was the armor was decorated with a custom helmet made by the best craft man and full body suit which was also made by the top Japanese designers. The normal samurai had their own type of armor but it usually was never custom and depending on the time period. The samurai armor changed over time from a hard type of paper to copper to metal and at the end of the samurai age standard military clothing.
The medieval knight have their own style of weapons and combat when fighting with weapons or not. These weapons are very different and used differently in a battle. For example the bow are used for long ranges. These people who uses bow are called “marksmen”, marksmen was necessary because the marksmen were to provide support from a distance in a battle. Another example is the warhammer, the medieval knight who used the warhammer had to be strong to carry this weapon.
They were assassins of the night and at the same time keepers of peace. The samurai would spend his life perfecting his military skills. Honor was one of the most important things to a samurai. If a samurai felt dishonored in any way he would commit seppuku. Seppuku means ritual suicide (Japan, Cultures of the World- Rex Shelley104).
The Lance The lance, a staff weapon was used during the chivalric era. The lance was mainly used during a tournament. Tournaments were held as a type of competition for knights. The tournaments served as a source of entertainment and also a means to keep knights fit and in practice. During the tournament if the lance began to break or splinter one point was scored.
Not only that, but he had retained his values as a warrior and still kept great pride for his arts in weaponry. Katsu Kokichi lived a rather extraordinary life, under the many privileges of being a bannerman of the shogun. At the time, three classes of vassals served the shogun: daimyo, bannerman, and housemen. Although these vassals held incredible social status, they were not all as noble as one would imagine. In fact, almost a quarter of samurai were unemployed, as there simply weren’t enough official and military posts to accommodate them all.
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.
Jousting Depending on who you ask, there are many different things that come to people's minds when one hears the word, chivalry. Some might say: knights, castles, horses, damsels in distress, Knights in shinning armor.... i could go on and on. I think of all these things as well, but I also think of Jousting. In a time when courage, honor and integrity were valued jousting was not only a sport, but a way for knights to prove their skill and courage. When we think of a knight in shining armor, we almost automatically think of the grand joust.
During the height of the 12th and 13th century in Europe it was thought that every war should be fought for a just cause. It was during this time that the concept of chivalry arose, creating a sense of honorable and courteous conduct expected among knights. Knights were to feel a personal obligation to the weak and defenseless elements of their society. Therefore it became a knight's duty to fight off anyone causing harm to the helpless people of his society. The notion of fighting for the good of society thus became a just cause for war.
Obedience to authority was stressed, but duty came first even if it entailed violation of statue law. In such an instance, the true samurai would prove his sincerity and expiate his crime against the government by subsequently taking his own life. By mid-19th century, Bushido standards had become the general ideal, and the legal abolition of the samurai class in 1871 made Bushido even more the property of the entire nation. In the public education system, with the emperor replacing the feudal lord as the object of loyalty and sacrifice, Bushido became the foundation of ethical training. As such, it contributed both to the arise of Japanese nationalism and to the strengthening of wartime civilian morale up to 1945.
Rectitude or Justice Courage Benevolence or Mercy Politeness Honesty and Sincerity Honour Loyalty Character and Self-Control Samurai vs Ninja The Samurai is often confused with the ninja but they are not the same thing. To be a samurai you had to be born into a Samurai family and were trained highly. The Samurai’s job was to serve the shog... ... middle of paper ... ...uld keep the attacker at a safer distance. Bibliography Skwirk, The Samurai - http://www.skwirk.com/p-c_s-14_u-177_t-516_c-1920/act/history/medieval-and-early-modern-societies-japan/life-in-feudal-japan/the-samurai Judoinfo, Samurai - http://judoinfo.com/samurai.htm Japan guide - http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2127.html Yahoo answers - https://au.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081104113740AAS8t2l The art of manliness, Bushido code - http://www.artofmanliness.com/2008/09/14/the-bushido-code-the-eight-virtues-of-the-samurai/ Samurai weapons - http://www.samuraiweapons.com Naruto, Shuriken - http://naruto.wikia.com/wiki/Shuriken World traditional weapon, Japanese traditional weapon - http://worldtraditionalweapon.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/japanese-traditional-weapons.html Southern California Naginata Federation - http://www.scnf.org/history2.html