The Samurai, known as
The Samurai first came into existence during a feudalistic period where the Emperor of Japan was relegated to being merely a ceremonial figure. The country was actually ruled by a Shogun, a military dictator appointed by the diminished emperor who presided over powerful clans called the daimyo. The Samurai were then employed to be their guards and elite military, allowing the Shogun to squash rebellions and maintain power. Eventually, the Samurai also became their political advisors and came to power in leadership positions.
Viewed above all other warriors in Japanese culture, the Samurai were men of principles who adhered strictly to a high code of honor called the Bushido – the way of the warrior. The Bushido called for the Samurai to be frugal, wise, pious, disciplined, loyal to their master, and value their honor over their very
The Samurai were skilled at dueling in hand to hand combat, as well as with weapons like spears, bow, and arrows and, of course, the Samurai sword. They followed a code of ethics when they fought
While the samurai everyday clothing consisted of different kimonos with colorful symbols and pictures, a sign of their nobility status, in battle they would wear full body suits of armor, made of metal plates tied together with silk or leather, along with a metal helmet. Their attire favored protection over mobility or stealth, as their preferred method of combat would be open battle or duel.
While the Samurai were considered nobility and took no payment for their services to their daimyo or emperor, Ninjas were low-class mercenaries and assassins for hire available to anyone with the right sum.
Making their appearance in the 15th century, about 500 years after the Samurai, Ninjas specialized in espionage, infiltration, sabotage, ambush, and assassination, making them perfect for covert
Unlike the Samurai, Ninjas did not follow any code of honor and did not follow any tradition of ritual or decorum when fighting. This made them particularly dangerous as they specialized in sneaking up on their targets rather than facing them in open battle, as well as using ninja stars and darts to silently assassinate from a distance.
Since stealth and speed were two of their main concerns when going on a mission, their outfits were usually plain black tight clothing, showing nothing but their eyes and containing no armor. This allowed them to go undetected on the cover of the night and move swiftly. However, they were also known to disguise themselves as priests, peasants, or even samurai, depending on the needs of their mission.
WHO WOULD WIN IN COMBAT?
NINJA & SAMURAI MUSEUMS
Regardless of who will win in battle, it’s safe to say that both ancient warriors were not only hugely influential in the crafting of
IGA-RYU NINJA MUSEUM
Upon arrival, you will be guided by a
In the exhibition halls, you will learn about the weapons and tools the ninjas would use on their missions, their secret codes, and fighting styles and even watch a demonstration of them being used in battle. A must for any true ninja enthusiast!
SHINJUKU SAMURAI MUSEUM
The product of 5 years of founder Tetsuro Koyano’s arduous labor, the Samurai Museum offers 2 floors of authentic samurai armor, helmets, kimonos, katanas and so much more. Featuring realistic Sengoku period décor and reproductions of artwork and woodblock prints, the walls also showcase plaques with history and famous stories such as that of the nightingale and the three Great Unifiers.
The top floor features exhibits from the Kamakura, Sengoku and the
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