[QUOTE]Originally posted by Infernoallen:
samurai means to serve so it is in theory possible to become one without being born in to the tradition.[/QUOTE]
Yes, samurai means "to serve" but it specifically referred to a whole class of people in Japan. The samurai were the top class, controlling everything. Then the farmers, feeding everyone. Third highest were merchants who sold goods. Fourth (lowest) were the hide-tanners and handlers of corpses, a sort of "untouchable" class.
These four "classes" of people were abolished in 1868. So there have been NO samurai for 137 years.
It's like saying "Anyone could become a Civil War general, so I am one."
You can never become a samurai any more than you can become a Civil War general or an American Revolutionary War Minuteman.
You can put on the costumes if you must, but that won't change the truth.