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 In the movie Samurai Job, Job-san is attacked by a group of ninja bandits who damage his home and endanger the lives of his family. Here are some interesting differences between ninja and samurai.

 

 

Ninja vs. Samurai


Ninja

  • Ninja are usually black-clad figures with muffled faces.
  • Ninja can run quietly and quickly.
  • Ninja are stealthy assassins that usually wear black robes.
  • Ninja have magical abilities in the arts of concealment and murder.
  • Ninja are properly called Shinobi.
  • Ninja are likely to have slowly evolved as an opposing force to the samurai.
  • Japanese folklore states that ninja descended from a demon that was half man and half crow. 
  • The ninja skills became known as ninjutsu - the art of stealth that developed between 600-900 A.D.
  • Chinese monks taught their methods to members of the first ninja clans.

 

Samurai

  • Samurai is used to refer to a class of highly skilled warriors of Japan.
  • Samurai fought fearlessly for their masters.
  • Samurai believed in dying honorably, rather than surrendering to defeat.
  • If a Samurai disgraced himself and his master, he had to commit ritual suicide.
  • Samurai originally fought on foot or horseback with long bows. 
  • Samurai started fighting with swords later on.
  • Samurai used two swords- one “long” and one “short.”
  • The introduction of samurai dates back to the period after the Taika reforms in Japan.
  • The samurai warrior was known as “Bushi.”
  • These warriors were hired swords that were bound to be loyal to their master.
  • The end of Hein Era marked the rise of the samurai rule.

 

 

 

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