Originally Posted by Nell2ThaIzzay
If you read the mini series that this movie was based on, he does not go to Japan to learn fighting arts, he goes to Japan for Mariko. Once he is there, he learns she is engaged to be married, and a story very similar to the movie plays out.
The the series this movie is based upon, Wolverine isn't going to Japan to learn about the culture or the ways of the samurai. Why would that be what this movie is about?
Because in the comic he trained in Bushido with Master Ogun many years earlier. Since that was not used, why not try to incorporate it into this movie so we would have a martial arts trained Wolverine?