Samurai were warriors that adhered
to a strict code of conduct and trained rigorously to
hone their abilities in sword fighting and the martial
arts. They also had an appreciation for cultural arts.
Following the twofold way of the pen and sword, as it
was often called, many samurai had a highly developed
sense for writing and poetry. A famous samurai, Musashi
Miyamoto, who was well known for his writings and
paintings as well as for his prowess with the sword,
noted that knowing the Way of strategy, one would be
able to see the Way in all things.