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Old 05-20-2004, 02:43 PM   #79
Chris Li
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Re: Aikido and Samurai: a few questions

Lyle Laizure wrote:
I realize the samurai class was abolished during the Meji restoration but that does not change one's linage. If his grandfather was then his father was and he and his children would be as well.
Well, no, it may mean that his grandfather was a samurai, but by the time he came around there was no such thing anymore. If my grandfather was a slave does that mean that I am too?

In any case, having samurai somewhere in your ancestry is nothing special in Japan, as you may suspect, a great many Japanese have samurai somewhere in their direct ancestry. The most recent head of the Tokugawa family is just another businessman these days.



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