Even though tigers are not native to Japan, they were a strong symbol of bravery to the samurai. The first recorded instance of a live, captive tiger being brought to Japan was in the year 840 AD, during the reign of The Emperor Uta.
The Liberal Pulpit: Making Friends with Death 2 It’s not that I had been afraid of death. I wasn’t afraid of it – how could I be afraid of it when I rarely thought about it all? Now I have the awareness of death as my constant companion.
Kshiwade no Omihakobi (膳臣巴提使) killing the Korean tiger that had devoured his daughter, from the series "Eight Hundred Heroes of Our Country’s Suikoden" / Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese Ukiyo-e Printmaker,