Mikao Usui and the Samurai
It is said that Mikao Usui's ancestors were Samurai. But who and what were the Samurai?
Many Samurai practiced esoteric spiritual teachings, like Mikkyo, and worshipped various Buddha's and war deities. Often these deities and Buddhas were depicted on the Samurai's outfits, like helmets, swords and more.
The Metropolitan Museum in New York is hosting a wonderful exhibition until the 10th of January 2010. So if you're looking for something to do in the holidays why not visit the MET.
Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156–1868
This is the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the arts of the samurai. Arms and armor is the principal focus, bringing together the finest examples of armor, swords and sword mountings, archery equipment and firearms, equestrian equipment, banners, surcoats, and related accessories of rank such as fans and batons.