Glossary

This glossary serves as a reference for those Japanese terms that would be unfamiliar to the average American reader and have no direct English translation. Provided is a short description of the term’s meaning and, for more detailed enquirers, a wikipedia link for each item.
  • Daimyo – The leader and territorial lord of a family or clan in feudal Japan. In its usage in the Sengoku Era, often synonymous with “warlord”.
  • -hime – An honorific added to the name of a woman of higher birth or nobility. Usually translated as “Princess”.
  • Kensei – Literally “sword saint”. An honorable title for a swordsman of legendary skill.
  • Mon – A heraldic emblem used to decorate and identify a specific individual or family. Displayed proudly by a clan’s forces on flags and armor when going into battle.
  • Ronin – A wandering samurai who serves no lord, often finding work as a bodyguard or mercenary.
  • Seppuku – A method of ritual suicide performed by impaling oneself with a blade. Committed by men of standing as a way to honorable end their life after a great failure or defeat.

Glossary

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