A rōnin (浪人?) was a samurai with no lord or master during the feudal period of Japan. A samurai became masterless from the death or fall of his master, or after the loss of his master's favor or privilege.
this will be my next tattoo. i'm also going to put the tomodachi (friend) symbol in it. it will be my JAPAN tattoo, and since operation tomodachi was such a big and meaniful thing while i was in japan.
The incredible illustrator/ graphic artist Katsuhiro Otomo, showing off. If you have any interest in illustration, you really should have a good long look at any (or all!) of the six original 'Akira' manga.