A Samurai Sword symbolizes and means the Samurai's prestige and his skills in battle. It is a measure of his stature in society. To all samurai it’s their prize possession and it is worn proudly by its master – until the teppō was introduced. The samurai considered it as dishonorable to tradition. This changed the way samurai fight and changed their view to samurai swords.
The teppō is an example of a weapon that changed the way of samurai – it was introduced in the 16 century in Japan through Portuguese trade. They were easy to use and deadly. The teppō were produced on a large scale by Japanese gunsmiths since introduced. By the end of the 16th century, there were more firearms any European nation.
(…picture of the traditional weapons used by the samurai before guns were introduced…)
The Battle of Nagashino is a great example of a turning point between swords and guns. Oda Nobunaga made deadly use of the teppō at the Battle of Nagashino in 1575, leading to the end of the famous Takeda clan. Guns can wipe out a whole clan in just one battle. It was considered very deadly.
In the movie ‘The Last Samurai’ it strongly relates to the concept of guns taking over traditional samurai swords and guns destroying loyal samurai clans. The film's plot is loosely based on the 1877 Satsuma Rebellion led by Saigō Takamori, and also on the story of Jules Brunet, a French army captain who fought alongside Enomoto Takeaki in the Boshin War. It also gives an enhanced and better understanding of how these weapons can be deadly to the traditions of the samurai and the changes that are happening when these weapons are introduced.
Introducing these weapons to the samurai was a mistake that the Portuguese made. The samurai would have been better without the guns and weapons that were introduced by foreigners. Samurai teachings can still be found today in modern day society with the martial art Kendō, meaning the way of the sword.
Samurai Raid a Japanese Village
The lonely village on the Far East side of Japan encountered a group of vicious samurai last week that attacked the tiny village. Many possessions have been stolen from these poor villagers. These villagers were brutally beaten with a bamboo sticks in order to entertain these vicious fighters. They were left with bruises, body aches and pains. The villagers are furious and wish for revenge on these fighters.
(…A picture drawn by one of the local villagers on what they saw and suffered in the raid...)
The Chief of the village has announced a public meeting with the local villagers to discuss the actions that need to be taken in order to receive revenge on the people that brought terror and pain in the incident that
has occurred last week. We interviewed one of the local villagers – he said he lost all his gold plates that were passed down from past generations and were meant to be past down to future generations – he cannot fulfil his ancestors wishes. He is very disappointed and angry for his loss.
The villagers suffered a great loss. They have little left, not even enough to feed a family for more than one week. The villagers were suffering with food loss before the raid but now they have to suffer even more.
Fake samurai swords are being sold to the public..Beware
Yesterday morning when merchants come and sell their goods a man in his late 20’s spotted samurai swords for sale. He asked the merchant the price of the swords. The merchant told the man he would sell the sword to the man for only ¥1,000. The man thought he was very lucky and immediately bought the sword. He took the sword home happily.
(…the image of the sword the man bought for ¥1,000…)
When he got home he realised the sword was a fake...