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What are samurai?


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June 11, 2010 8:31AM

For over 1000 years, the samurai were the military nobility of Japan. They lived and died by a disciplined, spiritual code called "Bushido" (meaning "way of the warrior"). Skilled with swords, horses, and bows, these men served their lords. The term samurai means "one who serves," a samurai maintained that title until he had no lord or employer, where they were then called ronin.