A ronin is a samurai without a master, and is considered disgraced.
- Japanese: 侍, "Servant"
The word 'samurai' is derived from the Japanese verb 'sabu', meaning 'to serve'.
Katana is the sword identified with the Samurai.
- It is said that when a swordsmith begins to forge a Japanese katana, he first cleanses his body, attires himself in white clothing, and then settles into a state of egoless "mu" before undertaking his job. Rather than being a purely physical process, the creation of a katana is viewed as a ceremonial task, with the katana embodying the spirit of Japan and the soul of the Samurai.