10/17/13

Japan and the Samurai


As we all know the samurai were epic warriors with weird hats and razor sharp katana, but…


Who were the samurai actually?

The samurai were among the best warriors in history. Each samurai was a one man army compared to the European knights that were around at that time period. For one thing the samurai were masters at just about every martial art that was around back then, for another they not only had the best weapons around, but they also were experts at using them. To learn all there is to know about samurai warfare watch this video. And don't worry it is actually entertaining.

                              
That’s pretty cool huh. As the video kind of explained the katana is pretty amazing, but believe it or not the katana is even cooler than he described. To get a grasp of the katanas full power watch this guy compare it to the European alternative at the time by slashing stuff with both the katana and the English long sword.





How the samurai were first created?

It all started back when Japan was made up of lots of city states. A city state is a city that has its own government. But anyway back then some barbarians were running around looting villages, robbing people, and stuff like that. So the daimyos (or rulers of the city states) were forced to hire expert warriors for protection. Over the course of time these warriors developed new weapons, martial arts, and codes to live by like the code of bushido. But it was not until Tokugawa, one of the daimyos, united Japan that the samurai became the government’s goons.

How did the age of the samurai end?
To learn about how the age of the samurai ended and what followed you can watch this crash course video, and don’t worry it’s not too boring.
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Did you learn anything at all, or was this post about as good as crap. Please comment and tell me.

P.S
Sorry I could not find any games or activities about this subject.

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