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Happy Samurai Easter

Posted March 31st, 2014 at 12:42 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus
We have a bit of a strange tradition at my house- Samurai Easter.- a celebration of all things samurai. Admittedly that sounds strange, but really it all makes sense. We are semi religious but somehow Easter has gotten away from us. We know the Christian story, and are aware of the pagan Spring festivals, but our celebration is really all samurai.

On Easter Sunday the kids will run around the house looking for Easter treats hidden in small plastic eggs. There may be large chocolate rabbits too, which are quickly put to death in the most painless way possible- having their necks snapped. Then everyone will dress up like samurai and fight each other. We will have an oriental style lunch and tell stories of famous samurai.

the eggs prepared themselves mentally for battle

It all started with the eggs. We went through a period of not making Easter Eggs, and that was fine. None of us were big egg eaters. But my youngest son, currently 7, really embraces life in every way. He wanted to make Easter Eggs and so we made them and I admit it was good fun.

Each year we took another step down the samurai road, even though we didnít know it at the time.

The first year we made colourful eggs.

The second year we coloured on the eggs with crayons and then dyed them. They turned out very nice.

The third year we drew on the eggs and coloured them and the first egg with personality emerged. He had a face and before long he was talking and rolling around the house. He met with a terrible accident when he rolled off a kitchen counter and his shell broke.

The fourth year everyone was excited to make eggs with faces and personalities. We did two dozen eggs- a dozen pretty flowery eggs and a dozen with faces. Well the ones with faces all started talking and before long they were arguing and threatening one another. And then they started bumping each other and it sort of evolved into organized one on one matches, where two eggs would battle each other and the one whoís shell was destroyed was the loser. A hard headed champion emerged, and for some reason he had a samurai personality.

The fifth year many of the eggs had personalities again, but cardboard samurai armour- shoulder pieces and head pieces were added. This great match up was a big event witnessed by the whole egg eating family- cats and dog included. In the afternoon, inspired, we sharpened our foam weapons and fought samurai style.

Samurai sword fighting is very interesting to we who have been influenced by European swords work. The Samurai generally do not use their swords to block- instead they dodge. Fights are incredibly brief compared to the armour clad European knight battles. The samurai wait, one strikes, one dodges, and perhaps there are another strike and dodge and then the killing blow is delivered. Much like eggs actually- one or two blows is often enough to crush the outer shell.
As our Easters became more samurai I began to research the topic, and was interested in many of the myths and stories of great battles and samurai heroes, and the samurai story-telling component was added to the event.

On March Break this year we did our first batch of eggs. (this year, it seems, one batch will not be enough) We did eighteen samurai and equipped most of them with cardboard armour (which really does help protect them)

My youngest son wanted to give them riot shields this year (what has he been watching or hearing?) so that was added, though the shields didnít figure very much in the fighting.

A typical fight now involves two eggs facing each other. Insults are exchanged. The preliminary blows usually are not very effective (eggs are hand held). Thereís a lot of dodging and feinting, and this year a lot of rolling and bouncing off of the couch too. And then it gets more serious Ė someone lets their guard down a little and the other egg pounces and collides.

the samurai eggs just before things got messy

Each egg has an air bubble in it, and if one is unlucky enough to hit the air pocket the shell cracks and begins to fall away immediately. Some eggs can take quite a bit of damage- cracking and breaking before they are deemed unfit. The champion egg this year survived six matches and was still in perfect shape.

I find it very interesting how things can morph into other things. Happy Samurai Easter to you and your family! I know itís still early -you have time to make your own eggs and battle!
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flameslayer93's Avatar

Happy Ishtar to you guys too! I'm sure it had to be a heck of a mess to clean up though.
Posted March 31st, 2014 at 09:48 PM by flameslayer93 flameslayer93 is offline
Arch-vile's Avatar
Sounds like an eggcelent time!
Posted April 1st, 2014 at 12:51 AM by Arch-vile Arch-vile is offline
chas's Avatar
Don't forget the first traditional part, where the samurai identifies himself and brags about his lineage and mighty deeds!
Posted April 1st, 2014 at 02:29 PM by chas chas is offline
ZBeeblebrox's Avatar
Sylvano, The Detroit Institute of Art has a nice Samurai exhibit until June. Check it out, its worth the trip.

Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 01:46 PM by ZBeeblebrox ZBeeblebrox is offline
flameslayer93's Avatar
Your just trying to convince him to visit Michigan ZB.
Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 06:05 PM by flameslayer93 flameslayer93 is offline
Tornado's Avatar
Michigan rules.
I might have to check that exhibit out when I heal up.

Thanks for sharing Sylvano. That sounds super fun.
Posted April 6th, 2014 at 09:27 AM by Tornado Tornado is offline
Taeblewalker's Avatar
I was in Michigan once. At the Detroit airport for a connecting flight. I saw no evidence of Samurai.
Posted April 13th, 2014 at 07:54 PM by Taeblewalker Taeblewalker is online now
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