The Rōnin (浪人, or wanderer) describes a samurai with no lord during the feudal period of Japan which lasted till the 19th century. Some of you may have heard of the tale of the 47 Rōnin, or have visited the shrine museum at Sengaku-ji (泉岳寺). The Rōnin enjoyed no perks or fixed stipends, and had to fend for themselves. It would seem pointless to be a Rōnin, right? Not so fast.