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 […]

Rise of the Ashikaga Shogunate – Ultimate Rule and Power

Rise of the Ashikaga Shogunate The Ashikaga Shogunate ruled in the years 1336 to 1573, as feudal government run by the Ashikaga clan. The Shoguns were considered as the de facto rulers of the country, making the Emperor’s authority quite insignificant. He was within imperial isolation as an admired figure, but all governance was delegated […]

The Heian Period Golden Age: 794-1185 A.D

Japan Heian Period Japan has gone through numerous historical periods and one of these early eras include the Heian Period which covers the years 794 to 1185 CE. It was the time when the country’s culture flourished greatly, mainly on literature and art. The government and its administration were ruled by the Fujiwara clan. Though […]

The Ninjato Sword Myth and Mystery

The Ninjato Sword During the warring period of Japan, the Ninja or Shinobi worked in stealth and accomplished their tasks with the help of different weapons including the Ninjato sword. These warriors had highly exceptional skills yet were required to live in secrecy and concealment. This created a sense of mystery around them. Because of […]

Wakizashi Sword and It’s History

Wakizashi Sword The Wakizashi sword is one of the most important weapons of the samurai warrior. It was the backup sword that was paired with the Katana. By law, only members of the Samurai caste were allowed to carry both swords as a daisho. Similar to the Katana, the Wakizashi is a classic nihonto with […]

The Japanese Tanto & it’s Rich Historical Accounts

The Japanese Tanto The katana is known as a prominent weapon of the Samurai, yet the samurai wielded the Japanese Tanto well before the invention of the Katana. The Tanto blade has a rich history and was useful during battles, it was mostly utilized during the country’s warring period. The tanto is known as one […]