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About the samurai, the Japanese warriors and member of the military class of feudal Japan.
In everything from martial arts to tea ceremonies, the storied warriors of Japan remain a potent presence. Many Japanese just can't stop searching for their inner samurai.
In this time line, follow the millennium-long story of these legendary Japanese warriors.
Learn about the origins of the samurai (lit. “one who serves”).
For centuries, samurai warriors dominated the history of Japan. Here you will find information on the key stages in that dominance.
The samurai warriors were medieval Japan's military class of honorary soldiers, vowing to serve their masters from the early 600s to the late 1800s.
The samurai (also bushi) were a class of warriors which arose in the 10th century CE in medieval Japan and which lasted until the 17th century CE. The type has been romanticised since the 18th century as the epitome of chivalry and honour.
Information on the use of horses by samurai
Travel back in time and discover remarkable objects that illuminate the life, culture, and pageantry of the samurai, the revered and feared warriors of Japan.
Samurai warriors emerged as an elite force in Japan's provinces during the early 10th century. Recruited by local chieftains, these fighting forces were maintained long enough to wage a specific war,
The military elite dominated Japanese politics, economics, and social policies between the twelfth and nineteenth centuries. Known as bushi or samurai, these warriors, who first appear in historical records of the tenth century, rose to power initially through their martial prowess—in particular, they were expert in archery, swordsmanship, and horseback ridin
The Samurai Archives History Page is an in-depth research page on Japanese Samurai History, with details of the samurai warriors and battles of Japanese History.