Interesting Facts About Ronin Warriors & Their Origin
Ronin warriors are former samurais who have become masterless. It was during the 12th century, when the term Ronin was coined to address samurais who had lost their daimyo or feudal lord.
A samurai may lose a daimyo in various ways which includes outliving their master who died in battle, being stripped off of their noble relations with their daimyo, or when a samurai decides to go against their daimyo’s commands.
In rare instances, a daimyo may also be required to commit seppuku as part of negotiations to end their reign, leaving all of its samurais without a master.
Regardless of the reason, these samurais cease to become a samurai once they lose their master and start living their life as a ronin. The growing number of ronins became a major concern in the 17th century right before the rise of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
The Ronins and Yui Shosetsu in 16th Century
Yui Shosetsu was a Japanese rebel from Sumpu, Suruga Japan. He was a well-known military teacher who planned to launch a coup d etat against the Tokugawa shogunate.
Shosetsu’s military skills and well-established reputation combined with the lack of opportunity for the growing number of ronins made the recruitment easier, allowing Shosetsu to gather more ronin warriors who would be willing to fight his battle.