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Japan's Warrior: The Samurai Essay

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Zen of the Kensei Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the warriors known as samurais; also about their culture, history and influences.Central Idea: Few countries have a warrior tradition as long and exciting as Japan, it is a tradition found in the Samurai, the loyal and self-sacrificing knight of ancient Japan;Samurais were the essentially a class of elite warriors who held an incredibly high social status compared to the other warrior classes or armies of Eastern Asia, they lived by Bushido, their code, and with honor but at the same time this valiant warrior who can both appreciate the beauty of nature in that of a rose blossom but will also kill or die for his master in an ...view middle of the document...

C., by hunters, fishermen and farmers from vast parts of Asia.1. It is believed a caucasian race called the "Ainu" were the first inhabitants of what is now Japan. The Ainu still exist today, mostly in the northernmost I islands of Japan called "Hokkaido."2.The next major Japanese cultural changed occurred about 200 B.C.a. War played a central part in the history of Japan. Warring clans controlled much of the country. A chief headed each clan; made up of related families. The chiefs were the ancestors of Japan's imperial family.b. The wars were usually about "land." Only 20% of the land was fit for farming. The struggle for control of that land eventually gave rise to the samurai. The samurai rose out of these continuing battles for land among three main clans: the Minamoto, the Fujiwara and the Taira.B. For the most, samurais described themselves as followers of Budo or Bushido; the way of the warrior.1. This religion was derived from Confucianism, Buddhism and Shinto.2. It stately stresses frugality, loyalty, martial artists mastery and honor upon death.3. It was a code of morals which the samurai were required, it can't taught but learned through various training and observation.C. After many years of being the protect of Japan, the samurai were well rewarded.1. This aristocratic warrior class arose during the 12th century wars between the Taira and Minamoto clans and was consolidated in the Tokugawa period.2. Samurai were privileged to wear two swords, and at one time had the right to cut down any commoner who offended them, they cultivated the martial virtues, indifference to pain or death, and unfailing loyalty to their overlords.3. Samurai were the dominant group in Japan. Under the Tokugawa shogunate, the samurai were removed from direct control of the villages, moved into the domain castle towns, and given government stipends. They were encouraged to take up bureaucratic posts.(Transition: Having a general idea where the samurai started at, let's take a look at their culture. )II. Samurai developed their own cultures which slowly changed the rest of Japan and influenced it as a whole.A. Shudo, the tradition love bonds between a seasoned and novice samurai.B. Zen mediation became a teaching due to it's offer to clam the mind.C. Bushido, the way of the warrior; the heart and soul of the samurai.D. The weapon of choice...

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