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 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 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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