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All About Samurai
Transcript of All About Samurai
Prezi by Luis
A Land Apart
The warrior's clashed with swords on the battlefields
and wrote poetry at home. Farmers grew rice but often went
hungry themselves. Spies dressed in black often traveled to
squeaky floors. About one hundred miles off the coast of East
Asia sits the island nation of Japan. Waves and water form a
Natural barrier, protecting the islands from outside invaders.
Emperors of Early Japan
The Japanese live in clans, which are
large groups of related families. Leaders of each clan ruled different parts of the country. The clans
constantly fought one another for land and power. Although other clans continued to control their own lands, they owed their loyalty to the Yamato leader. The emperor and his family lived in splendid palaces in the city of Nara.
Samurai & Shoguns
Japan was in trouble. Powerful landlords refused to pay their taxes or provide soldiers for the emperor's army. Bands of robbers began to roam the city's. Many of their soldiers were peasant farmers, who gave their allegiance to landowners rather than to the distant emperor. Soon, samurai armies became the most powerful fighting forces in Japan.
The samurai were famous for their fighting skills, bravery, and loyalty. Samurai were expected to face danger and even death without fear. A samurai who showed fear in a battle by retreating or surrendering was expected to kill himself to erase the shame of defeat. Samurai were also caring in their environment.
Safe Inside the Castle
The wealthy knights of Europe, the richest and most powerful daimyo built large, beautiful castles. They surrounded these grand homes with high walls and moats. Builders designed castles to protect the daimyo and his men from the armies of other feudal lords. Samurai castles were not only for the daimyo, it was for their family and servants too.
The Age of Samurai
Cut off from the rest of the world, japan under the Tokugawn shoguns was orderly and peaceful. For two hundred years, the country had no wars. The economy grew strong and business prospered. Peace and foreigners spelled trouble for samurai fighters.
Getting dressed for battle was no easy matter. After putting a kimono, a long robe withe wide shoulders, loose pants, and a outer jacket and pants, the samurai had to strap on a heavy metal armor. Only the armor weighs 22-26kg, then they carried swords and a bow which weighed nearly 40kg. The helmet sis called a kabuto and is usually made up of metal with a crest of a dragon on top.
From Top to Bottom
As the shogun and daimyo gained land and power, the way of life in japan has changed. At a time when people feared for the safety and needed protection, the samurai became very inportant. From the way that they dressed in you can tell that they live top to bottom.