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What does the symbols mean in the video in 1:38 youtube search: "50 Samurai Tattoos For Men"

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These characters (今古有神奉志士) come from an inscription on a sword in the movie The Last Samurai. The phrase was probably created by the filmmakers, and the exact meaning is disputed. An English interpretation of the inscription is given in the film, but that interpretation does not match well with the individual characters in the inscription. You can search for yourself online using the above characters to see the variety of meanings that have been proposed, and reach your own conclusion as to what it means.
 
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