Tsujigiri: a ghastly samurai practice

I’ve seen people argue that, if they acted dishonorably, they wouldn’t be a samurai anymore–to which I replied, “And does the sword and armor and martial training vanish with that mantle?”

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IIRC, they made an arcade game of this. Here it is:

Though between a finger and a sword, I’ll take the finger.

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Does it have to be 999 different dogs?

How do you make sure that each sample is from a unique donor?

Aka: inspiration of the Pokemon move, Night Slash.

OH yes, Feudalism is the natural order of things. Anarchy will never reign, as Feudalism will eventually take over.

From what I understand, as long as they had a lord to serve, they were still samurai. Ronin were those with out a lord, but allegiances may change over time. And there is nearly a 1000 year history, so what was true for one period may not be true for another.

IIRC Chivalry and Bushido were both attempts to keep the privileged warrior class from just running amuck. You needed their skills to defend your kingdom and make it grow, to the point you would literally let them get away with murder. But you also needed some control over them. Making them a special class with perks was balanced out with behavior they were supposed to promote.

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…duh, by beheading them after taking the sample.
(Full circle, I have you)

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They could hang out in that suicide forest. Two birds, one sword.

Whoops. You misread that, eating the feces of 999 wild dogs will cure your impotence.

I explained that to the fellow, but he had such near-religious faith in the Bushido code (as only a romanticizing American young man can have) that he couldn’t comprehend that the code was a social control mechanism, not a perfect mystical bond.

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I’m just here to agree with @Ryuthrowsstuff and @Mister44.

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you misspelled boredom

IIRC during that whole peaceful making up Bushido period they were mostly administrators and bureaucrats. Martial training and armaments or not. Long stretch of peace, minimal call for armored and mounted soldiers. Samurai was a hereditary social class not a trade. Hence all the philosophical hand wringing about how a true Samurai was supposed to act.

Right you’ve got the only routinely armed and trained dudes in your country/landmass hanging around in a format that doesn’t necessarily have any innate loyalty to anything but the particular members of the nobility who will pay their bills ATM.

In Japan they aren’t exactly thrilled to suddenly be accountants and police. In Europe they derive most of their income through the whole rape and pillage thing. Europe also added the Crusades and tournament system.

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My sense is that this is sort of like “fragging” - as is to frag a bad officer - that while it happens, the concept is so powerful and perverse that the underlying idea is what gives the word the weight. The story gets retold all the time: I knew a guy who knew a guy! Whether it ever much actually happens is beside the point to having the idea out there.

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Bah. Peasants have so little gold or XP that it’s not worth the trouble.

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It sounds exactly like random murders in the US. I agree that making it out to be this whole big cultural thing is silly. Sometimes, a dude kills another dude for kicks. If he’s socially powerful and the victim isn’t, he can probably get away with it. It’s always happened in every culture.

Heh. “A post about Japan? That’s where kids poke each other in the butt sometimes! Hmmm, how can I work this fact naturally into the conversation…”

Heh. “A post about Japan? That’s where kids poke each other in the butt sometimes! Hmmm, how can I work this fact naturally into the conversation…”

You almost read my mind, but not quite.

It was more like this: “Heh. A post about randomly beheading people with a sword? That sounds an afwil lot like randomly poking your fingers up someone’s butt. Hmmm, how can I wok this fact naturally into the conversation…”

But now you mention it… Yeah, Japanese people really are pretty weird, randomly chopping off heads and poking butts with their fingers.

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