The Ancient Japanese, between the years of 1185 to 1868, included three main characters that greatly influenced the culture of that time. While the shoguns were the unofficial rulers of Japan, the samurai were extremely respected for their discipline and strict code of honor. The daimyo were the most powerful feudal rulers during this time, holding much land and collecting taxes for the emperor. This essay will discuss values, social customs, and traditions prescribed by the lord vassal system of this period and its lasting influence of the warrior code in the 20th century.
A shogun was a hereditary governor in Japan during the shogunate period from 1192 to 1867. During this period, the shoguns acted as rulers of the country even though they were appointed by the emperor. The shoguns had an elite band of warriors called samurai. The first shogun was a samurai appointed by the emperor and for 700 years shoguns passed their title from father to son.
The daimyo were powerful feudal lords who ruled most of the country from their vast, hereditary land holdings. Subordinate only to the shogun, daimyo were the most powerful rulers during this period in Japan. They were similar in many ways to the feudal lords in medieval Europe. “Japan and Europe did not have any direct contact with one another during the medieval and early modern periods, they independently developed very similar socio-political systems. Often, these systems are labeled as feudal.” -Asian History.com
Samurai were the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan. The job of the samurai was to protect the shogun and daimyo lords. The samurai believed in “bushido” which means the way of the warrior. The samurai used a lance, bow, and sword and were the only people in Japan who could use a sword and ride a horse. The samurai also committed suicide because of dishonor it was called “harakira” and that involved cutting himself open with his own sword. “Their code was so strict that the samurai were even prepared to kill themselves if they broke a rule.” www.SKWIRK.com/shoguns/samurai/history
Bushido, literally "the way of the warrior”, is a Japanese word for the way of the samurai life and is similar to the idea of chivalry. Bushido was the samurai code, which trained samurai in the law of honor, obedience, duty, and self-sacrifice. “Early bushido literature further enforces the requirement to conduct oneself with calmness, fairness, justice, and propriety.”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushido
As you can see, the ancient Japanese had an organized feudal structure consisting of the shogun, daimyo, and samurai. This is similar to medieval Europe with their kings, feudal lords, and armies. The structure and values of ancient Japan also relates to today’s presidents, generals, and combat troops. The Japanese also had a high set of values, “ Bushido”, that are similar to today’s military values in many countries.
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This is an example of a samurai in traditional battle armor on horseback. Samurai were one of the first-class people allowed to ride horses. Http://www.iloveswords.com/images/oriental/Statues/104/images/L104b.jpg
The daimyo were the powerful feudal lords of ancient Japan. They were once samurai.
Bushido, literally “the way of the warrior”, is a Japanese word for the way of the samurai life and is similar to the idea of chivalry. Bushido was the samurai code, which trained samurai the law of honor, obedience, duty, and self sacrifice.