I originally drew this for a civilizations 12 project, but I'll just put it here now. Samurai is the Japanese word for 'warrior', but the concept of the samurai extends beyond a mere warrior. They follow Bushido, the way of the warrior ('bushi', warrior; 'do', way), and are greatly respected for their loyalty and power. They were the only people allowed to carry two swords in feudal Japan. They were expected to have obedience to their lords, the Daimyo. In battle, they were brave fighters. They would call out their name and rank, and find and fight an opponent of a similar rank. They would decapitate their opponents, should they succeed, and use it as proof of their kills. Besides being able to mount and dismount horses without help (unlike the western knights, who couldn't), and wielding long, powerful swords, the katana, as well as light, sturdy armor, they were considered very honorable and brave if they could perform seppuku, or harakiri, 'to cut the stomach'. This was done when they were captured, or if they were disloyal to their Daimyo.