How Much Do You Know About Shuriken?

Shuriken Not much documentation is available concerning Shuriken because it was a secretive art. The skill of throwing employed independent exponents. Its integration with other weapons might have caused some confusion as well. Moreover, instructions by main schools were heavily engrossed into deception. Hence, only information from scrolls, trusted students, and commoners appeared. These commoners […]

The Golden Era of the Samurai History

The Golden Era Samurai has gone a long way in Japanese history. Meanwhile, their existence had a golden era. What was this period called? What events took place? Why was this even special? Samurai were members of Japan’s warrior class. They emerged in the 8th and 9th centuries. During this time, the imperial family and […]

Five Remarkable Lady Samurai and their Samurai Journey

Onna-bugeisha The depiction of Samurai warriors is usually male-oriented but female warriors also existed. Known as Onna-bugeisha, these women fought and perform the same duties as their male counterparts. They are as powerful, deadly, capable, courageous, just, and fearsome too. These female warriors trained the same way men did. They trained to use weapons and […]

The Bloody Campaign of Ishiyama Hongan-Ji

Ishiyama Hongan-Ji One of the famous and deadliest Japanese wars of history is the Ishiyama Hongan-Ji War. Known also as the Ishiyama Kassen, the battle took place from the years 1570 to 1580 in the Sengoku Era. It was an 11-year war led by Oda Nobunaga against the Ikko Ikki. The Ikko Ikki was a […]

Rise of the Royal Warriors: The Taira Heishi

The Taira clan The Taira clan, who were also called the Heike, was a warrior family of influence and power during the 12th century. Their family history goes all the way back to 825 when they acquired the name Taira from Prince Takamune. He was the grandson of the 50th emperor of Japan, Kanmu. In […]

Are Seppuku and Harakiri the Same?

Seppuku and Harakiri Undoubtedly, the term Harakiri is very familiar to us. We encounter it in our history classes. We even witness it in some Japanese movies that feature Samurai and their history. We also sometimes hear it from our playmates, friends, and other people. Still, we may have once seen it on the internet. […]

Hawatari, the Length of a Sword Blade

The Length of a Sword Blade Sword blades come in different lengths which we call Hawatari. But aside from Hawatari, there are several things to consider when choosing a sword. More so in training and actual fight, the weapon has a lot to say. First in the list is the material composition. A swordsman examines […]

The Battle Suit of the Samurai

Samurai Armor Here we are going to talk about the Samurai battle suit or armor. What was it like? Is it heavy? Why do some helmets have horns? Or did it mean something else? When we think about Samurai history, the Katana sword always comes to mind. Before you’ve seen a movie or two, could […]

Kabukimono, The Dregs of Ancient Japan

Samurai of Ancient Japan During the warring period of Japan, the Samurai was one of the most prominent class. Samurai was the cream of the crop, the military men and the ideal warrior that a master could wish for. Samurai was popular for their way of living which adheres honor and loyalty. Who were the […]