Ancient Warriors with a modern legacy

Colorised Samurai 1880

Ancient Warriors with a modern legacy

The art of colourisation is bringing ancient cultures to new light. This group of Samurai from the late 1800’s are the last of their breed. Katana’s at the ready to serve their master, they would not survive the industrial era.

Their influence however, deeply shaped modern Japan and their heritage can be seen across the nation in language, castles, gardens and residences.

Their most important global influence has been books and movies that are underpinned by ‘The Bushido Code’ or ‘The Way of the Warrior’. The Samurai were highly literate and lived by this unique philosophy which valued honour, benevolence, loyalty, respect, self discipline, bravery and selflessness.

They valued fighting and learning in equal measure reflected in an ancient Samurai creed: “Bun bu ryo do” which translates to “the pen and sword in accord.”

In addition to attaining high levels of swordsmanship with their beloved curved and slender ‘katanas’, Samurai were also expected to be masters of high culture including literacy, calligraphy, poetry, music and tea ceremonies.

In the late 19th century the Samurai were banned from wearing their katanas in public and were replaced by a traditional army loyal to Japan and not their local masters (Daimyos).

Today Japanese government, sport, corporate and individual culture and standards are infused with Samurai ideals and the Bushido Code of respect, discipline and honour.

A perfect example of the Japanese phrase: “The past is the future of the present.”

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Patrick Skene

Patrick Skene is a founder and Chief Creative Officer of Cultural Pulse. Patrick works with over 100 communities and creates compelling content for clients to engage with them. He is a storyteller, marketer, writer and author of ‘The Big O, The Life & Times of Olsen Filipaina‘ which has gone into reprint. His stories on the intersection of sport, history and culture have been published by The Guardian Australia, the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and Inside Sport. He is currently the proud coach of the Rockdale Raiders Under 8B1’s football team.