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 […]

Sekigahara: The Rise of the New Shogun

Sekigahara The Battle of Sekigahara is known as the greatest Samurai battle in Japan of all time that took place on October 21, 1600.  It was a fight that resulted in lots of bloodsheds. This has a preeminent effect on how it led the country to stability and flourishing culture for the next 250 years. […]

Who Were the First Samurai Warriors?

First Samurai Warriors The first Samurai warriors began to rise at 646 A.D. after the Taika reform, which included land reallocation. In this period, authorities implementing expensive taxes and obliging small farmers to sell their own land are usual. As a result, farmers have to work as tenants in their land. Over time, the large […]

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 […]

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 […]