Courage and honour: These rare pics prove that samurais always lived up to their code of conduct
October 6, 2017
Surely you must have heard of the legendary warrior clan in Japan called the samurai. Did you know they were not just warriors but also one of the most well-known classes of people in ancient Japan? Their main goal was to fight the forces of evil, they scared away those who stood against them, with their swords and frightening armour. Samurais have always lived their life with a strict moral code.
Here are some rare photographs of Samurais and some interesting facts about them as well.
Women samurais were called Onna-Bugeisha, and they were known to participate in combat along with their male counterparts. Their weapon of choice was usually the naginata, a spear with a curved, sword-like blade that was versatile.
The word samurai meant those who serve in close attendance to the nobility.” As time passed by, the term came to be associated with the Bushi class, middle- and upper-tier soldiers in particular.
Samurais had a massive influence on fashion, even though they did not dress to impress they were always in detailed clothing to look as fierce warriors.
A samurai’s armour was made of lacquered plates of either leather or metal, carefully bound together by laces of leather or silk. Their armours weren’t like European knights as Samurais preferred mobility.
There are only four western men who have been honoured to become a samurai: William Adams the adventurer, his colleague Jan Joosten Van Lodensteijn, Navy officer Eugene Collache, and arms dealer Edward Schnell.
Did you know samurais were skilled mathematicians? The level of samurai literacy was extremely high when many Europeans could barely read.
A samurai always believed that to have died in battle would, in fact, bring honour to the family and to his lord.
The samurai was honest and extremely trustworthy, lived a frugal life without interest in wealth and material goods, but rather for honour and pride.
A samurai would have preferred to kill rather than bring shame and misfortune to his family and to his lord.
The heads of generals and people of high rank were exhibited in the cities, after their death.