The Twilight Samurai
This new situation said the cancellation of the power of the samurai, then, although centuries of wars were very useful, now posed a threat to the consolidation of the new state.
By starting the seventeenth century, in the period of Tokugawa Ieyasu I also known as the Edo- she was, began the slow decline of the samurai. The new shogunate centralized and unified the country definitively, imposing a dictatorship which meant, in fact, their progressive pacification. This new situation said the cancellation of the power of the samurai, then, although centuries of wars were very useful, now posed a threat to the consolidation of the new state.
They continued to allow them privileges warrior caste and their right to carry sword, but it was preventing them from direct ownership of land. This meant them leaving their fiefdoms and be forced to move to the city, bureaucratization, and enter the service of their daimyo as officers or become mere artisans or peasants. In the middle of that century they were banned, in a twist, personal duels, and at the end of the century, his martial training practices. The longest period of peace in Japan was ending its military elite.
Many of them resisted in various ways to leave your lifestyle. Some clung to the code of values, bushido, locking himself in his world apart from society; proletarizaron others dedicated to the countryside or small industry and others became ronin, masterless samurai in which they could operate outside the law or as mere mercenaries, thus enhancing the suspicion that the authorities felt towards them. However, the isolation of Japan on foreign made social structures are frozen, so the samurai continued to exist, even as a mere shadow of what it had been for centuries.