Samurai & Bushido

Introduction and Diary

Introduction of Samurai & Bushido

During the Heian Period, the powerful families began to take over the central power. This was causing the government to start falling. Local aristocrats decided to take justice into their own hands. They turned themselves into a military force. These people turned into a new class of military servants who protect their employers and their property from the powerful families. They were called the samurai. The samurai fought on horseback, wore helmets and armor, and carried a sword and a bow. These warriors were supposed to live by a strict warrior code, known in Japan as Bushido (which means "the way of the warrior").

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

The Samurai way effected the Japanese culture in a big way. Because samurai warriors were expected to be highly cultured and literate, many people became educated in Japan.

The Bushido conduct also proved to be helpful. This code valued honor, reckless bravery, and selflessness, as well as duty to the warrior's master with the purpose of giving up one's life and embracing death. They are expected to have self discipline and be respectful.

Diary

I love being a samurai. The reason I became part of this was because I wanted to help people, and that's exactly what I'm doing. If there is someone trying to hurt another, we stop them. If someone is trying to take over our city, we stop them. We keep our city running smoothly and try to keep crime to a minimum. It isn't always easy following the code of bushido, but I do it because I know it is the right thing to do.