Tameshigiri – Test Cutting History and Techniques

Tameshigiri History and Techniques Tameshigiri means test cutting, for the benefit of improving the swordsmen’s sense of Maai in Kendo, as well as their sword cutting skills. However, it does not develop progressive realistic targets and does not exist to show off strength. For the longest time, Tameshigiri has been practiced in Japan. This test […]

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 […]

Battle of Nagashino: The Fall of Takeda

Battle of Nagashino The Battle of Nagashino took place on June 28, 1575, in Nagashino castle located in Shitarabara, province of Mikawa between Oda and Tokugawa and the Takeda clan. Takeda Katsuyori, the leader of Takeda clan, known for his strong cavalry forces, aimed to capture the Nagashino castle. Oda Nobunaga, on the other hand, […]

The Imperial Conquest: Siege of Chihaya

The Imperial Conquest The Chihaya is one of the battles during the Genko War. This occurred in the year 1333, which is the final year of the Kamakura period. This is the time when the Hojo clan Shogunate reigns. They are sent into exile by Emperor Go-Daigo after learning his plans. The Emperor’s scheme is […]

Oda Nobunaga: The First Unifier of Japan

Oda Nobunaga Oda Nobunaga was the first unifier of Japan. He became known during the Sengoku Jidai or better known as Japan’s Age of Warring States. It was a time in history full of conflicts and rivalry between powerful Daimyo or warlords. This period began in the year 1467 with the onset of the Onin […]

The Role of Castles in the Samurai Battles

The Role of Castles The roles of castles in the Samurai battles differed greatly.  Castle makers used wooden enclosures in the early times. While In the 16th century, it evolved into a beautiful stone castle. Castles are mainly utilized for military defense. Castles are built in tactical locations. In particular, on rivers, roads and trade […]

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 […]

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 […]