Rise of the Nakamura
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.