The Samurai Were Not Like Us

by Daniel Russ on December 27, 2015

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There were Samurai Christians. Yes, Christian daimyo Arima Harunobu and daimyo Dom Justo Takayama both acted in kindness and empathy regarding their subjects because they had in fact been converted. Takayama might get sainthood.

 

Becoming a Samurai was a way to climb socially. Still, there were tiers of Samurai service. The ashigaru Samurai were part timers, trained to fill the randks when daimyos needed to raise troops.

 

They collected heads. Yes, starting from the Togukawa period, beheading an opponent was a sure way of advancement. The Samurai would bring the head to his daimyo who them would put it on display. Some Samurai were caught cutting the heads off of innocent period or any body that was left on a battlefield just to claim the head.

 

Samurai often carried elaborate sashimono flags into battles to draw attention to themselves. The honor of winning was so great that Samurai would often look for worthy opponents by calling out the great fighters they had already bested

 

Unemployed Samurai, or Ronin acted as pirates on the high seas and may have helped give birth to the Korean invasions.

 

Samurai were also poets and scholars. Yes, they wrote and were published for their station in life. Ultimately the Samurai model failed as the Japanese economy went from barter to cash and the battlefield went from swords to guns.

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