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The word "Ashigaru / 足軽" refers to foot soldiers who were conscripted at times of war. During the Warring States period, the Ashigaru were frequently utilized in military units comprised of archers and riflemen, however, during the Edo period they were the lowest-ranking samurai and did not play the active role they once did.

Japanese traditional home have with an engawa ( a wooden pathway surrounding the home between the inside and outside windows. Japan