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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2020 9:00 p.m. PST

"The samurai are one of the most striking symbols of Japan. This class of proud, highly-trained warriors became famous all over the world and entered its imagination thanks to their portrait in popular culture, especially in the movies of Akira Kurosawa.

Samurai history shows us this class of noble warriors who played a major role in keeping the long-lasting power of their shogun, the head of the army…"
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Rabelais19 Aug 2020 2:08 a.m. PST

The word "katana" actually comes from the Portuguese catana, that means "long sword".


clibinarium19 Aug 2020 10:22 a.m. PST

I think that might be back to front.

Narcisista27 Aug 2020 2:44 p.m. PST

Yeah, no.

I'm Portuguese and that word is Japanese, we just stole it. No use before reaching Japan.

Edit: That site is all too awkward. The bushido? And then they repat Nitobe's version writen while living in the US.

BTW Portuguese is not an agglutinative language we don't have a word for longsword. Usually we just call it espada and in period, if relevant, the blade length would be specified…

Trokoshea27 Aug 2020 4:16 p.m. PST

Thanks for this specific input Narcisista. That makes us all more knowledgeable.

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