It’s so much more than Seppuku.
Samurai, the infamous Japanese warriors from the Middle Ages and beyond, are among the most famous soldiers in the world and an integral part of Japanese culture and history as seen through western eyes.
Today, both ninjas and samurai are deeply engrained in popular and niche culture, from video games and movies to history and literature, representative of the covert and honorable warfare of a time gone by. In their own ways, both castes represent the peak of warfare in past ages.
But how much do you know about the samurai, really? And how much of it is actually myth?