History of Chinese Weapons – Classic Era of Weaponry

History of Chinese Weapons Around six thousand years ago, bronze objects first appeared in Ancient China. This was the time when the Stone Age had ended, marking the start of the Metal Age. For four thousand years, bronze weapons became the primary equipment of the Chinese. Soon after this period, iron weapons became more popular. […]

Genpei Wars: Siege and Betrayals

Sieges and Betrayals The conflicts between the Taira and Minamoto families are some of the most significant in Japanese history. Not only did they mark a before and an after in a way of doing politics, but the conflicts that derived from them began a crack of loyalties that in time would only grow. While […]

The Origins of Hand-to-Hand Combat in Japan

Hand-to-Hand Combat When two or more people duel each other in a short range, They are more likely to fight with weapons like swords or daggers. In the absence of swords, some warriors use other Japanese weapons. Many martial arts and techniques have developed in Japan which teach how handle a battle empty-handed. There are […]

Genpei Wars: The Great Defense

Genpei Wars: The Great Defense The Genpei wars was a national civil war that happened during the end of the Heian period in Feudal Japan. After the events of the Heiji rebellion in 1160 in which two of Japan’s most powerful clans, the Taira and the Minamoto, fought to gain influence over the Imperial Court, […]

From Family Dispute to Civil War

The Onin War Who can tell that a dispute between a father and his son-in-law would eventually become a 12-year civil war? This war was known as the Onin War. Ōnin refers to the Japanese era spanning from March 1467 through April 1469. It occurred after Bunsho and before Bunmei. Bunsho marked the history from […]

The Warrior Classes of Feudal Japan

Warriors of Feudal Japan Feudal Japan remembered as the era of the Samurai, yet it also had its fair share of Warriors who were not considered Samurai. There were varied types off Warrior during Japan history, each warrior with their own characteristics . Here are some of the Warrior Classes during Feudal Japan: Number one: […]

The Legend of Masamune

The Legendary Blacksmith Masamune Masamune is one of the most renowned blacksmiths in medieval Japan for creating some of the most beautiful swords in history. During the 13th century there was a master swordsman who stood out from the rest. A blacksmith whose creations were so characteristic that he did not need to sign them, […]