Overview of the Japanese Samurai Throughout History: Principles, Weapons, Battles and Aftermath

Overview of the Japanese Samurai The Japanese Samurai, members of the country’s most powerful and prominent military caste, were originally provincial warriors. This was before they rose to power during the 12th century. It was also the beginning of the country’s first military dictatorship, the Shogunate. As servants under the Daimyo, these warriors backed up […]

Japan’s Greatest Naval Battle: Dan-no-Ura

Japan’s Greatest Naval Battle The Dan no Ura is the continuation of the Taira and Minamoto clans series of battles that starts at Ichi-no-Tani. It comprises the grand Genpei War of the rich Japanese history. It has been weeks after Yoshitsune came back to Kyoto. This was after Taira was defeated at Ichi-no-Tani and fled […]

Samurai & Ashigaru in the Battlefield

Samurai & Ashigaru During the ancient periods, the Samurai and the Ashigaru had a variety of processes in the battlefield. This took many hours to plan, strategize and perfect. Approaching the Enemy’s Camp As soon as the Samurai army was nearing the enemy’s territory, may it be a castle, field or their camp, the officers […]

Anegawa Battle: The Samurai Bloodbath

Anegawa Battle The Battle of Anegawa is one of the biggest bloodbaths of the Samurai in the history of Japan. It occurred in the year 1570 in the latter part of the Sengoku period. It consisted of 48,000 troops who fought against one another in the River of Ane. The battle took place between two […]

Ichi-no-Tani Battle: The Fall of the Fortress

Ichi-no-Tani Battle The Ichi-no-Tani battle was one of the highlights of the Genpei war in the 12th century of Japan’s medieval period. And was a very momentous event for the Minamoto clan. This was a big victory of the Minamoto clan over the long-reigning Taira clan that brought about many other victories, causing the eventual […]

The Toyotomi Clan – The Loyal Vassal of Lords

The Toyotomi Clan Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a Daimyo from the Toyotomi clan which played a vital role in Japan’s history. Yet only a few of them were greatly significant such as him. He was the second of three warlords who successfully united a divided country. Aside from uniting a country, he led the nation in […]

Unknown Japanese Weapons in the Absence of Swords

Japanese Samurai Weapons There were instances where Samurai swords were not considered ideal to complete a task; thus, other weapons are used to achieve victory in battles. With that, the Chonin and Samurai classes of feudal Japan made use of improvised and alternative weapons. This was to adequately defend themselves in unpredictable situations. These warriors were […]

The Sengoku Period – Era of Significance and Prominence

The Sengoku Period Among the most prominent periods of Japan’s history was the Sengoku period. It was a time in the country’s history that was significantly notable due to social upheavals, close consistent military rivalries, clashing of swords, and political intrigues. The Sengoku period was a century-long era of continuous political upheaval in Japan. It […]