"There's a perpetual, near mythical fascination in Japanese Samurai. For hundreds of years, these clans of warriors were a commanding presence in Japan, not to mention a representation of peak prowess in combat.
Swordplay, archery, horseback riders and martial arts all combined to make these fighters some of the most feared and respected of their time. At first, their reputation was spoken about and immortalised in written records. From the 20th Century onwards, the various clans began to make their way into other media over time, their mark on history continuing to resonate."
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