10th century: There was an official called Samurai from this period.
11th to 16th centuries: Before this time, the emperor was in Japanese politics. However, from this time on, people known as generals began to do politics. Many civil wars were unfolded. Among them, Samurai was active as a soldier.
17th to 19th centuries: Samurai called Bushi(武士) has been active since this time. And at this time a person called Perry came from the United States. And Samurai’s era was about to change.
There were no cameras in Japan back then, and all human faces were drawn. This is a portrait of Admiral Perry, written by the Japanese at the time.
17th to 19th centuries: Japan had no relationship with other countries. In other words, Japan was not trying to learn about the culture of other countries at all. It is because the Japanese generals hated foreign countries. However, since Admiral Perry came to Japan on a large warship and pressured Japan, Japan had no choice but to accept foreign countries. The samurais could not trust the general who had accepted the foreign country. And there were those who wanted to return the administration back to the emperor. and There were People who have a policy of incorporating foreign cultures. That is the group of Samurai. And a war arose.
A group of samurais won. The general was over, and the administration was returned to the Emperor. A new era comes, by the politics of the Emperor, The wearing of swords was abolished in 1876 putting an end to the era of the samurai.
Shinsen-gumi 新撰組 I will talk a little more. I mentioned earlier that the samurai group had won, There was also a samurai group protecting the generals. It is a group called Shinsengumi. Now in Japan, it has become a novel and a movie. Of course, there are many novels and movies whose main role is this samurai group. I love this group. About 150 years ago, the age of Samurai was over. But the soul of the Samurai is still alive in the Japanese mind.