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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 […]

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Ruminations On The Samurai

by Daniel Russ on September 8, 2010

Why So Martial?     It is said that the Japanese Islands themselves were formed when a God dipped his sword into the ocean and drops of water fell and became the land. The  sword is an apt choice of metaphor for forging the nation of Japan; its history has been soaked in blood. Historians […]

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More Samurai Armor

May 19, 2010

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First Mongol Invasion

May 19, 2010

November 1274, 900 Mongol ships bearing 40,000 Mongols troops aboard landed at Hakata Bay. Among the attackers were Korean and Chinese mercenaries. Previously this reconnaissance force landed at Iki Island and Tsuhshima Island and slaughtered its inhabitants. Japan had long before folded itself into a xenophobic warrior kingdom, convinced that Japan was the center of […]

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Beautiful Samurai Photos

February 16, 2010

  Source: Peabody Museum Related Posts:The Samurai Were Not Like UsInvading Southeast Asia, The Japanese Had HelpTimeline Of The War In The Pacific, First Year.Tsuba.Hiroshima And Nagasaki Did Not Convince Japan To Surrender.

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