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.