Samurai - The military elite of Japan at that time. They are expected to be loyal and brave at all times. They live under a strict code of honor, which includes the willingness to lay down their lives for their masters. They live off the stipends that their masters provide.
Ronin - They are samurai who have lost their masters either because their master died or because he dismissed them. According to the strict samurai code of honor, a samurai should really commit honorable suicide in this situation.
The Hanaza - This is the name of the puppet theater that Yoshida owns. Jiro apprentices himself here, and he lives at the theater with Kinshi and the other boys. Yoshida and most of the other important men at the Hanaza live in houses outside the theater. This place has a stage and dressing rooms, living quarters, a kitchen...
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