Samurai

By: Matt Brorman, Luke Bruich, Cindy Castro, & Ella Jones

Samurai Definition

A member of a powerful military caste in feudal Japan, especially a member of the class of military retainers of the daimyos.

Relationship between Samurai and Daimyo

The Daimyo were the landowners who would pay the samurai to protect them and to be in there army. They would also give them land to build houses on for their families.

How the Samurai was paid?

Samurai are paid in land and grain, usually rice, by the Daimyo that they are serving. They gave it to the peasants and let them grow it for him.

Description of Samurai

The samurai were the warriors of premodern Japan. The ruling military class was eventually made up of them. It was later the highest ranking social caste of the Edo Period.

Battle Dress and Equipment

Samurai would wear a kimono for everyday events. In battle they wore armor made of iron and steel tightly laced up with silk, along with a winged vest. Underneath the armor they wore padding to prevent injuries. Sometimes would wear throat plates on their masks to prevent the blow to the throats. Samurai mainly used swords as weapons. They would have six different swords.

Rules Regarding Behavior

The eight virtues of the samurai code are Justice, courage, mercy, politeness, honesty, honor, loyalty, and self-control. These are what make up the Bushido code.

Customs and Traditions

The samurai men had lived by the Bushido, because it was their own way of life. It made them a samurai which deals with their ethics. The Bushido dealt with emotion, self-control, poor, and death.