There were a lot of SAMURAI in Japan!!
Hi I’m Tomo from the Samurai country.
Do you know the Samurai?
I think you’ve already known because it’s often featured in some famous films in the world.
Have you watched “The Last Samurai”?
Not yet? Again?
I’m disappointed in you…
You must watch! The film, it’s so amazing!
…………OH wait wait wait!!
I’m sorry, I lost myself just a little.
It was my bad. Don’t worry.
Watch THE LAST SAMURAI on Amazon!!
OK, I’ll teach only you about Samurai.
It’s a top secret in Japan.
Here we go!
What is the SAMURAI？
Samurais are like warriors and They usually had swords.
It’s called “Katana” and they had fought using it long time ago.
Some my friends who really likes Japan sometimes ask me “where can I meet samurais in Japan”, but unfortunately there is no real samurai in Japan today.
They became extinct more than 150 years ago.
If you come to Japan, you could meet some samurais, but it’s something that someone imitated.
So sorry… Don’t be sad!
We must have inherited their Samurai soul.
However, many of us can’t use a katana. Hahaha…
OH! I just remembered!
Do you want to use a Katana?
If you use or possess a Katana without permission in Japan, you’ll go to a prison definitely!
Initially, Samurais were peasants.
But when emperor Shomu enforced a new law which people can get land that they reclaimed by themselves, some peasants became samurais for defending their land from others.
Because some groups tried to steal it.
This was 743 A.D.
So Samurai used be peasants.
Today, Samurai have a strong image of “a person holding a Katana” but Samurai’s original meaning was “a person who takes care of the monarch” actually.
It changed one day and became the current image.
The Current State of Samurai
Of course, no real samurai currently exists but samurai are very popular with a wide range of generations in Japan.
It’s said that the number of viewers will increase if TV stations make dramas based on the days when many samurai were active!
Japanese manga culture is also popular around the world, and in many stories the character with the Katana appears as the main character or key person.
They can be said to have been created from samurais. I think.
I’m tired so I’ll stop here today, but the history of the samurai is very special and interesting, so be sure to check it out!
Hahaha! I’m sorry for being lazy!
But I have a good news!
I’ll introduce the most favorite samurai manga in Japan.
This manga is still on the way, but it’s a really amazing story and the drawing is also good!
The name is called “Vagabond” and was featured at the Japan Manga Expo at the British Museum last year.
By reading this manga, you’ll understand samurai more more more!
Please find out what is translated into English and read it!
Vagabond on Amazon
Thank you for reading my blog again.
See you soon!!