The Samurai of Feudal Japan The Samurai caste of medieval Japan is often romanticized in popular culture, but their impact on Japanese society was far-reaching and profound. The Samurai were highly trained warriors who worked to control Feudal Lords' (daimyo) land. They were heavily trained in both sword-fighting and archery on horseback and on foot they were also masters of hand-to-hand combat(Japanese jujitsu). The Samurai had the most influence on Feudal Japan, shaping its culture, politics, and military practices through their strict codes of conduct, martial skills, and unwavering loyalty to their Lords. The Samurai had a hand in influencing the culture of Japan as they were looked up to by many as heroes or as great warriors with a strict code of conduct. Many pieces of art were based …show more content…
The Samurai's influence on Japanese culture extends beyond art and poetry. For instance, the concept of self-discipline and restraint, which were integral components of the Samurai code of conduct, can still be seen in modern-day Japan's work ethic and values. This also bleeds into their revolution in martial arts. The Samurai's martial skills and emphasis on discipline and training also influenced the development of various Japanese martial arts, such as judo, kendo, and karate. The Samurai proudly wore the crest of the family they served. Because of this the Samurai's loyalty eventually became a part of Japan's culture where the servants of a household are just as proud as the family themselves. The Samurai followed a strict moral code called Bushido that was never written down but taught through example and was always was based on the society of the time this became apart of Samurai culture.Not all of the Samurais' cultural effects were positive
According to Document F: Knight Code of Chivalry, “give mercy to those asking it.” So if the victim yelled mercy, then the knights were obliged to stop offending. However, part of the samurai way was to teach a lesson physically to those who did no good, according to Document E: Samurai Code of Bushido, “against moral principles.” A samurai is also always prepared for battle, but a knight has to take the time to get ready should a fight occur. Overall, each warrior class are warriors in their own reasons and all have their ups and downs.
And according to Document E, the samurai’s duty is to be held above all, this shows that being a samurai comes with great responsibility and determination. The values that the samurai obeyed were very important because it helped give them a sense of morality/correct conduct and it helped them stay at such a high status since samurais were on the upper section of the hierarchy. Based on source C, when comparing the two we can see that their training starts very differently. For samurais, they had a combination of physical training, poetry, and spiritual discipline (Confucianism and Zen (禅)
Samurai and Knight society, beliefs, and training were very similar to each other during this time. In the late 400’s when there were rulers and a social class, Japan and Europe both had a relatable social pyramid. These two pyramids, have an almost spitting image of each other, excluding the names. In the Japanese society, as stated in Document A, the top of the society was the emperor, who had symbolic power.
Young warriors studied the moral code of the samurai, Zen Buddhism and Kendo (Doc. C). A knight begins his journey at age four or five (DOC C). A knight would be sent at age seven or eight, he would be sent to serve as a page to his father’s overlord or to a powerful relative (Doc. C). With a blunted or wooden sword, refining his skills and receiving some religions instructions (Doc. C). Samurai were expected to live according to Bushio, a strict emony called genpuku (Doc. C).
It is a code of honor for the samurai. It says that in “discharging loyal service to his master if he has one, in deepening his loyalty in associations with friends, and in devoting himself to duty above all” (Doc. E). If the Samurai do wrong against this, they will have a punishment. The code of Chivalry belongs to the knights. It’s also their code of honor.
In Europe, the warrior system developed new modes of warfare to protect themselves from the opposition and also as an attacking method so that they could destroy more castles. In doing this, they had to create new weapons and they had to make the buildings with iron and steel and then covered it in lead, so it wouldn’t rust. In Japan, most of the Samurai’s were known as the well-known class. The Samurai used fighting as a form of art and not fighting. The more experienced Samurai had to carry two swords.
Both Tokugawa Japan (c. 1603 – 1867 c.e.) and Medieval Europe (c. 1000 – 1500c.e.) were defined by a definite social structure called feudalism. This social structure was a distinct and important part of life in medieval times. Both feudal systems consisted of different classes and roles that were controlled by a single leader. Japan’s Shoguns and Europe’s Kings oversaw the whole feudal system and controlled all classes beneath them. Although Japanese Emperors were at the top of the social structure they did not have any power over the Shogun.
Tokugawa Japan + Medieval Europe Medieval Europe and Tokugawa Japan lived in seclusion to each other, and yet there were many uncanny similarities between Tokugawa Japan and Medieval Europe. In Medieval Europe there were many key features of the social system that were introduced at the time. The social system of Medieval Europe was called Feudalism. Feudalism puts the King in charge of everything and everyone, with barons and nobles underneath him. The nobles provide loyalty and knights to the king in return for land to control.
As a result of everything stated so far, this tells us how the beliefs in Europe and Japan impacted the roles and beliefs of a Samurai and
Throughout the years, both Japan and Europe turned into a Chaotic mess, around the same time. In the late 400’s the Roman empire had fallen, leaving Divided and weekend kingdoms. On the other side of the world, Japan was having some similar issues. The Japanese emperors and the Imperial Court we're both challenged by the rise of Clans. Despite religion, Samurai and knights are more similar than different.
Those who excel their fellows should be given additional income.” The decree shows just how important military accomplishment was to the Japanese, one was given a bonus if he proved to be skilled in combat. The promise of a bonus to those who worked to improve their warrior skills was included in an official document, The Hundred Article Code of Chosokabe, making it obvious that warfare was the priority of the higher stations. These social codes show the differing societal priorities of Feudal Japan and Western
Although fighting men played an important role in Japanese history from the nations beginning the class of warriors known as samurai did not emerge until the twelfth century AD By that time many small chiefdoms were unified into a central state that was headed by an emperor or empress who was believed to be a godly figure In his study of early Japan Jonathan Norton Leonard writes: When landholders found they could no longer depend on royal officials for protection against outlaws or predatory neighbors they armed their sons and retainers[servants] and put themselves under the leadership of chiefs renowned for fighting ability…To gain additional strength for defense or offense the warrior-chiefs of each small region banded together and offered
Youssef Marakby ID:900130817 Instructor: Richard Byford Rhet 1020 The Samurai’s affect on Japan’s culture For many years, the legendary Japanese samurai warriors showed that they are the most well known class of ancient Japan and also known with their supremacy of honor, service, and duty which the Japanese society still have today. The samurai helped lay the foundations of Japan 's culture.
Who were the samurai and what was so significant about them? They were low in the social class, but they were still feared by the strict shoguns and the daring daimyos. The samurai were fierce warriors in premodern Japan ready to fight in battle at any time. Japan’s warriors were not just protectors, they played a big role in the start of the feudal order. In Japan, invaders would rarely attack, and the ocean was a huge protection.
To begin with, samurai were skilled warriors with a passion to protect Japan. Being samurai in feudal Japan wasn’t just a job, it was a lifestyle; that's why they were so honorable. They spent most of their time practicing how to handle and fight with their swords. According to SamuraiSwords.com the main sword, the katana, was forty-two inches long.