What is Tamahagane?

Tamahagane There are various Japanese swords made of Tamahagane steel, but what is Tamahagane? It is a kind of steel that originated from Japan for producing classic Nihonto. In a sense, this metal composes of carbon and steel ore. The steel ore comes from iron sand while carbon is from charcoal. These components undergo smelting […]

How the Japanese Sword Evolved Into Today’s Modern Katana

Japanese Sword Evolution The Japanese sword went through a lot of changes before it evolved into today’s modern Katana. It is the product of centuries of refinement. It changed based on what people expected of it throughout the past eras. The Katana is the finest sword in history since it is highly durable and possesses […]

Katana in the Era of Peace

Katana in the Era of Peace The Katana in the era of peace is a valuable symbol for a Samurai’s identity. It is the ‘Soul of the Samurai.’ The Samurai in the military class obtains his value through the Katana. Prior to the era of peace, The Katana sword was mainly used for battles, together […]

Minatogawa: The Final Battlefield of Kusunoki Masashige

Minatogawa: The Last Stand Minatogawa is the Final Battlefield of Kusunoki Masashige. The battle showed why Kusunoki Masashige is one of the most commendable warriors in Japanese history. He is an epitome of a true warrior with a great sense of duty and loyalty to the emperor and Imperial family. He values it even more […]

Shinsengumi: Tokugawa Shogunate’s Warriors

The Shinsengumi The Shinsengumi, the warriors of the Tokugawa Shogunate, is a group of individuals recruited by the Bakufu. They were to safeguard Kyoto from the radical loyalists of the Imperial House. Japan idolizes and romanticizes the Shinsengumi despite having a limited spot in history. They were a small faction of Ronin. It was them […]

The Battle of Tenno-ji: The Fall of Toyotomi Hideyori

The Battle of Tenno-ji The Battle of Tenno-ji is the final phase in the Osaka siege. It is under the power of Ieyasu Tokugawa against the last descendants of the Toyotomi clan. The latter was a strong opposition party. They were the only clan that prevented full control of the newly established Shogunate throughout Japan. The siege […]