Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale Of Genji

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It is strange to think that the Japanese soldiers that were the actual first soldiers were not the same samurai we think of today. They had a lot of different Chinese and Korean influences; because of this they used similar weapons and armor at first. They would use a spear, shield and wear armor like a helmet as well as some body armor. The body armor was neck armor, shoulder armor, and what is also known as short armor. All of these pieces were made from metal, and were lacquered to protect them from corrosion. It was the first attempt at being a samurai.

Heian period,in Japanese history, the period between 794 and 1185, named for the location of the imperial capital, which was moved from Nara to Heian-kyō (Kyōto) in 794.

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Lady Murasaki Shikibu’s 11th-century novel, The Tale of Genji, is a brilliant record of life among the nobility and is considered one of the great works of world literature. In religion the esoteric sects of Tendai and Shingon Buddhism practiced formalistic rites that paralleled elaborate court ritual. The doctrines of the True Pure Land sect, emphasizing simple faith in Buddha Amida, also grew in popularity. These doctrines offered solace to the populace during the social upheaval that occurred in the late Heian period, which was marked by local disturbances and armed struggle among provincial military bands. This strife reached the capital itself in 1156, when warriors of the Taira and Minamoto clans backed rival claimants to the throne. The Taira were victorious, and they maintained tenuous control over the court until…show more content…
However, it was not until 1192 that the emperor named Minamoto Yoritomo as the first shogun of Japan; the full title is Seii Taishogun, or "great general who subdues the eastern barbarians." Minamoto Yoritomo ruled from 1192 to 1199 from his family seat at Kamakura, about 50 km (30 miles) south of Tokyo. His reign marked the beginning of the bakufu system under which the emperors in Kyoto were mere figureheads, and the shoguns ruled Japan. This system would endure under the leadership of different clans for almost 700

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