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The Age of the Samurai

The age of the samurai ended a long time ago, and between then and now; Japan has been through massive changes. But the strong culture created during the feudal era has persisted throughout the eras - and will forever be a part of the country’s identity.


First arriving in Japan in 1543, these ‘western style guns’ (with an external firing mechanism) soon found favour with the strategists of Japanese warfare: the samurai.

Up until the Meiji Restoration and the establishment of professional infantry, samurai and ashigaru gunners were on the cutting edge of Japanese warfare.

…during the warring states era, these warriors were equipped with the newest and most expensive weapons available…..



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