Samurai & Bushido

Introduction, Answer, Diary

Samurai and Bushido Introduction

Warriors that fought on horseback. They were clad in helmet and armor, and they carried a sword and bow. Like knights, Samurais were supposed to live by a strict warrior code, known in Japan as Bushido ("the way of the warrior"). You could only get Bushido by becoming a Samurai.

What effect did Samurais have on Japanese culture during their specific time period?

Central power was beginning to diminish, so local aristocrats had to take justice into their own hands. They turned to military force, and the creation of the Samurai came about. The purpose of the Samurai was to protect the security and property of their employers. They were essentially body guards, and it helped decrease crime rates for anyone that employed a samurai. It helped create order, before the Samurai came around, chaos was rampant. Now, young boys began training their whole life to become Samurais and maintain peace and order, it became much more organized. It created a structure of life for everyone, and people knew where they fit in the system, it was no longer chaos filled.


Ever since I was a young boy I looked up in awe to the powerful samurais that slayed all criminals and kept order. The prestige of such a job attracted me to it, so that's why I became one myself. All Samurais are part of a formidable military caste, and we're seen as elite warriors. As a Samurai, you are expected to demonstrate simple but highly honored duties and responsibilities. As a Kenin, you were considered a housemen, whose duties were the same as administrators or vassals. Then there were the foot soldiers, and the highest tier was Mounted Samurai, that gave you the ability to ride on horseback.