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Japanese Samurai Warriors in Armour ~ ca1875 Baron Raimund von Stillfried, albumen silver photograph, colour dyes

Japanese Samurai Warriors in Armour ~ ca1875 Baron Raimund von Stillfried, albumen silver photograph, colour dyes

Respect: A pair of warriors take part in a traditional samurai ceremony. The samurai were bound by a set of Confucian influenced rules that came to be known as bushid¿

End of the Samurai: Stunning portraits of Japan’s warrior class captures men at the height of their power before 19th century demise

Respect: A pair of warriors take part in a traditional samurai ceremony. The samurai were bound by a set of Confucian influenced rules that came to be known as bushid¿

Circa, 19th century. A group of samurai pictured taking part in a ceremonial suicide known as harakiri, part of the bushido code which saw warriors disemboweled to fall with honour rather than be defeated by their enemy.

End of the Samurai: Stunning portraits of Japan’s warrior class captures men at the height of their power before 19th century demise

Circa, 19th century. A group of samurai pictured taking part in a ceremonial suicide known as harakiri, part of the bushido code which saw warriors disemboweled to fall with honour rather than be defeated by their enemy.

Hand-colored print, Japan, circa 1870. Sturgis Bigalow Collection. Gift of Mary Lothrop. PM 2003.1.2223.396.

Hand-colored print, Japan, circa 1870. Sturgis Bigalow Collection. Gift of Mary Lothrop. PM 2003.1.2223.396.

Samurai with two swords (daisho).

Samurai with two swords (daisho).

Samurai Warrior Set of 2 Painting, Japanese Samurai Poster, Bushido Art Print, Japanese Style Drawing, Sumi-e Room Decor

Samurai Warrior Painting Original Art Japan Style Calligraphy Ink Artwork

Samurai Warrior Set of 2 Painting, Japanese Samurai Poster, Bushido Art Print, Japanese Style Drawing, Sumi-e Room Decor

By the end of the 12th century, samurai became almost entirely synonymous with bushi (武士), and the word was closely associated with the middle and upper echelons of the warrior class. The samurai followed a set of rules that came to be known as bushidō. While they numbered less than 10% of Japan's population samurai teachings can still be found today in both everyday life and in modern Japanese martial arts.

By the end of the 12th century, samurai became almost entirely synonymous with bushi (武士), and the word was closely associated with the middle and upper echelons of the warrior class. The samurai followed a set of rules that came to be known as bushidō. While they numbered less than 10% of Japan's population samurai teachings can still be found today in both everyday life and in modern Japanese martial arts.

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