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  • Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, is considered a classic film — one of the few Japanese films to become widely known in the west. It is the story of seven samurai who help to defend a farming village from bandits.
  • I also drew costumes of the samurai tradition of Japan, where we’d gone with Mr. McElroy after we left China.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • Gino shouted like a samurai, took two quick steps, and started his powerful kick.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • But both times she said his name, it felt like she’d walked into the room and samurai-style ripped my gut open.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin

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  • And he asked only for undying devotion to the cause, the discipline of a samurai warrior, and lungs like a pair of bagpipes.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • All manner of weapons hung from the walls, just as they did in the training room in the Institute—kindjals and chakhrams, maces and swords and daggers, crossbows and brass knuckles, throwing stars and axes and samurai swords.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • She also told him that the best samurai swords are tempered over and over again in the hottest flames and people too are made strong and excellent when they go through life’s difficulties.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • The Japanese fighting man believed he was fighting in the proud tradition of ancient samurai.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • "You come from a family of samurai," Kabuo’s father said to him in Japanese.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • All she had to do was yelp and he would come charging like a Samurai warrior on steroids.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian

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  • Instead of letting them start separate new lives like the Japanese, who could become samurais and geishas, the Chinese family, faces averted but eyes glowering sideways, hung on to the offenders and fed them leftovers.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • He joined with his peers in sneering at the New Bushido as a code for faggots, but an ancient vein of honor in the young Kassad’s soul secretly resonated to the thought of a samurai class whose life and work revolved around duty, self-respect, and the ultimate value of one’s word.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • To them, the Romantic Hero was no longer the knight, the wandering poet, the cowpuncher, the aviator, nor the brave young district attorney, but the great sales-manager, who had an Analysis of Merchandizing Problems on his glass-topped desk, whose title of nobility was "Go-getter," and who devoted himself and all his young samurai to the cosmic purpose of Selling—not of selling anything in particular, for or to anybody in particular, but pure Selling.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Max wandered over to look at a beautiful samurai helmet brightly lit within a glass case.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • Indeed, the rakshasa appeared to be looking at Max as he rode, tall and proud as a samurai, to within a hundred yards of Trench Nineteen.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • inch samurai sword was not on their Weapons Protocol.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • It wasthe threat that frightened us, their fearful looks, and the noises they would make, like miniature Samurai, in a language we couldn’t understand.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • It was filled with mementos of his service, ceremonial and Samurai swords, nautical instruments, charts, maps, books on shelves and stacked in corners, bound files of the Proceedings, The Foreign Affairs Quarterly, and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • You are to put them on over your clothes, and please forget that you are Minnesotans, and turn into mandarins and coolies and—and samurai (isn’t it?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Pregnant women were marched to one killing field where Japanese placed bets on the sex of the fetus about to tumble from its mother’s womb, cut by a samurai sword.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Bushido, the "Way of the Warrior," had for centuries been the honored code of Japan’s proud samurai caste.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • He was the oldest son in a family that had for centuries been of the samurai class.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • His mind was good, but he only understood one or two things in the whole world-samurai movies and the Macintosh-and he understood them far, far too well.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Since then the Deliverator has kept the gun in the glove compartment and relied, instead, on a matched set of samurai swords, which have always been his weapon of choice anyhow.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The samurai had always been a small elite within the larger society.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • In the traditional Japanese class system, samurai ranked just below nobility; then came farmers and those who worked the land.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • This vulgarized version of the Warrior’s Way would have surprised samurai of an earlier era.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • A true samurai would slice his belly open over an issue of honor.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • But the twentieth-century Japanese military wasn’t being run by samurai.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • They were, in effect, brainwashed to believe that by laying down their lives they were walking in the footsteps of heroic samurai.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • it is the kind of coarse and disappointing translation that makes the dismembered bodies of samurai warriors spin in their graves.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Condensation is dripping from the blade of Bruce Lee’s samurai sword.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Kendo is to real samurai sword fighting what fencing is to real swashbuckling: an attempt to take a highly disorganized, chaotic, violent, and brutal conflict and turn it into a cute game.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • I see it now as a sad, homemade version of the samurai sword his great-greatgrandfather carried in the land around Hiroshima, at a time when such warriors weren’t much needed anymore, when their swords were both their virtue and their burden.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • It was his bad fortune to live at a time when the samurai were no longer necessary.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Over the years, everything from samurai swords to inflatable dates had been dragged through the doors; despite Julie’s rigorous denials, it was in this category that Singer also fell.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • It was said that he had joined other samurai who had been displaced by the Meiji.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • ’The sword that gives life, not the sword that takes life, is the goal of the samurai,’ my grandfather said then.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The story of his great-grandfather, the samurai madman, was his own story, too, he saw now.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Peaceable American boys, citizen-soldiers about to engage with a myth-obsessed samurai foe.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Kuribayashi’s ancestors were samurai and had served six emperors over five generations.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • A Japanese officer towered over him with a raised samurai sword, about to chop the Australian’s head off.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • One Japanese officer brandished his samurai sword as he made his break for it: a bad mistake.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • A Marine, seething with four days’ worth of grief and terror, grabbed the blade out of the samurai’s hands and sliced its owner to death with it.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • A traditional samurai might expect to die in combat and be honored for it.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • But suicide as an expression of ultimate sacrifice for one’s country was not a traditional samurai value.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • So the plan is to snap the blade to a full stop just after the impact, maybe crease his brain-pan an inch or two, then whip it out and look for another samurai, hence: "Next!"
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • We had watched many scenes like this since his return, with Papa acting so crazy sometimes you could almost laugh at the samurai in him, trying to cow her with sheer noise and fierce display.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • He had been found in Golden Gate Park, lovesick, wearing nothing but a thong, taking long pulls from a jumbo bottle of Courvoisier and practicing kendo attacks with a genuine samurai sword, floating across the grass on powerfully muscled thighs to slice other picnickers’ hurtling Frisbees and baseballs in twain.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • A ronin is a samurai—a wandering samurai without a master.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
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