Japan's Warrior: The Samurai

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Zen of the Kensei Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the warriors known as samurais; also about their culture, history and influences.

Central Idea: Few countries have a warrior tradition as long and exciting as Japan, it is a tradition found in the Samurai, the loyal and self-sacrificing knight of ancient Japan;Samurais were the essentially a class of elite warriors who held an incredibly high social status compared to the other warrior classes or armies of Eastern Asia, they lived by Bushido, their code, and with honor but at the same time this valiant warrior who can both appreciate the beauty of nature in that of a rose blossom but will also kill or die for his master in an instant.

Introduction I . "And so the days of the Samurai had ended. Nations, like men, it is sometimes said, have their own destiny. As for the American Captain, no one knows what became of him.

Some say that he died of his wounds. Others, that he returned to his own country. But I like to think he may have at last found some small measure of peace, that we all seek, and few of us ever find." - The Last Samurai.

II. As we all think about this quote, what does it really mean? That most people go through their whole entire lives without finding happiness or maybe something else? This quote makes me think twice about who or what I let into my life and my happiness.

III. Every since my trip to Japan, I was instantly hooked on to the traditions of Japan but especially to the Samurai, there was something that stuck with me and never left.

(Transition: Talking about one of my many adventures in Japan and relating it to the Samurai and start...