Number of samurai in Japan?


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Apr 2010
T'Republic of Yorkshire
Landholding. Of course the question is what to call the class before. Was Taira no Masakado a samurai? And was he called a samurai by his contemporaries?
No, he would have been called a bushi, or perhaps "saburai" (one who serves).

How many samurai existed in Japan in 1183 and fought on the sides of Minamoto and Taira combined (plus the Oshu Fujiwara)?
This, I can't answer. I don't know a great deal about Heian period armies.