Once upon a time there was a young samurai enthusiast wished to discover how the samurai as he is known today originated. So, he ventured out on his quest to find how the samurai came about. First, he discovers that these ancient experts od warfare are far from the honourable men he encounters in popular culture.
The story of the samurai from a time long past begins with forced enrolment in the army when his time was finished, he did not return to his former home since there would not be anything of significance there for him.
Instead, he chooses to settle in no-man’s land between his former life and his life in the army because he was of the opinion that this land may provide more of a future for him. In the Heian Period (794-1185) (Jensen 2019) the samurai enthusiast stumbles across the intriguing information that the Emperor’s delusions of grandeur began to materialise but the army at this point was fragmented.
In reality, this fact did not really face the Emperor because he called upon the reginal clan leaders to realise his plan of expansion. However, this favour ended up backfiring magnificently since the clan leader’s importance within the communities steadily increased. But this new-found power came with its own set of problems, for instance these powerful leaders needed protection.
Out from this increasing need of protection the samurai emerged. But before this important historical figure could become the beloved samurai known and celebrated today, he needed to perfect his martial arts skills.
At the closure of this exciting point in the tale of the samurai, the notion of shugo surfaces and these are often men who oversee the chiefs work. In spite of the shugo’s need to return to Kyoto when his duties are finished in the provinces, he chooses to remain on the countryside and passing on his knowledge to his offspring. The idea of the shogu would later morph into what is known as the daimyo . Later on, the enthusiast watches the samurai’s rise to power through his use of brutal tactics and arranged marriages. On the next part of Jimmy’s journey through samurai history, he travels through the wee hours of the Kamakura Period (1185-1333) (Jensen 2019) to the fall of the Tokugawa Period (1600-1867). (University of Pittsburgh u.d.)
Doing these millennia’s, our samurai fanatic unearths the samurai’s evolution from hired outlaw to skilled puppeteer. The samurai’s occupation as puppeteer began in 1185 where the Minamoto clan established a new bakafu. It was first about 10 years after this government was established Minamoto Yoritomo gave himself the title of shogun . (University of Columbia 2009) When the Japanese cullieded with the Europeans, more specifically the Portuguese, in the Asikaga Period (1336-1467) they were first introduced to firearms. Upon this discovery, many academics argue that the skills, tactics and even the core values of the samurai suffered significantly. Besides this, he is being challenged by the silent combatant of the shadows, the ninja.