The way is in training
Become acquainted with every art
Know the ways of all profession
Distinguish between gain and loss
Develop intuitive judgment and understanding for everything
Perceive those things that cannot be seen
Pay attention even to trifles
Do nothing that is no use"
Mayamoto Musashi, Japan c.1630
Samurai, a warrior class that dominated Japan for almost 700 years from the late
12th to the 19th century. During the 15th and 16th century Daimyo (warlords)
fought for power,wealth and land much more violently and frequently than ever
before, stealing power from the failing reign of the emperors.
A form of Buddhism, Bushido (The way of the warrior) played a large role in the
teachings and conduct of the Samurai, many devoting time to the arts and a large
proportion joining monasteries to become Samurai warrior monks.
With the end of traditional warfare in the 17th century* and later the arrival
of guns on mass (from Europeans) many Samurai lost their role in society.
* the 17th Century was a time of upheaval, Tokugawa Ieyasu overcoming his enemies
to create 250 years of peace. The borders were also closed to all but a few Chinese
and Dutch trade ships and Japan was isolated from the outside world.
54 mm (1/32nd scale) pewter metal kits supplied unpainted. Not suitable
for minors under 14 yrs.
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