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 […]

Konishi Yukinaga: The Controversial Christian Samurai

Konishi Yukinaga Konishi Yukinaga is one of the few people who is willing to always stand against the tide. He stood for his different spirituality in a Shinto and Buddhist nation. He also fought in wars both foreign and domestic. Early Life A wealthy merchant named Konishi Ryusa was the father of Konishi Yukinaga. Yukinaga […]

Hojo Masako, the Prominent Nun Shogun

The Prominent Nun Shogun Shogun were Japanese warlords. They played an essential role in the history of Japan, particularly in the Medieval Period. Most of them came from the Samurai class. It is easy to think of them as all males. However, some of them were females. Among them, there was one who was also […]

Sori, the Curvature of the Japanese Sword Blade

Sori In swords, there is one feature of the shape that is very significant. It is the curvature of the blade. Swordsmiths refer to this as the Sori. What basically is this Sori and what can it do with the sword? More importantly, how does it aid in the actual fight? We know that the […]

Tachi, the Sword That Preceded the Katana

The Tachi Sword Tachi emerged even before the Katana did. More importantly, it provided the basis for the invention and development of the Katana. Therefore, without this sword, there would not have been Katana. Suppose one asks, “What is the best Japanese sword?” Without much thinking, one can mention Katana right away. It is the […]

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 […]

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 […]