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 […]

The Daisho: The Samurai’s Swords

The Daisho Do you know the importance of Daisho? The Samurai wore the Katana as their life swords. That is true. But what most didn’t know is that Samurai don’t just have one sword with them. There would either be two or sometimes three swords. Daisho is the set of swords that these warriors wield. […]

The Conquest of Toyotomi: The Dual Battles of Imjin

The Dual Battles of Imjin The Imjin invasion started in the year 1592 when the Japanese army arrived at the Busan port city. This peninsula is in the southernmost spot of Korea. The Japanese military soon conquered the location. The Japanese became repulsed after years of brutal fighting, which even culminated a mediation by China. […]

The Nonmilitary Culture of the Samurai

Culture of the Samurai We know the Samurai as dedicated warriors. As such, their entire lives revolved around the study of and training for military service. It is easy to imagine them practicing swordsmanship and archery most of the time. Then, of course, as their primary duty, they would go to war as well. Outside […]

The Most Remarkable Japanese Mythology and Legends

Japanese Mythology The mythology of Japan has an epic history (including that of the Samurai!), beginning from 2,000 years ago. It embraces two major religious traditions, the Shinto and Buddhist traditions; moreover, folk religion was used as an agricultural base. Japanese mythology contains quite a few numbers of gods, goddesses, and spirits. In fact, most […]

8 Amazing Badass Tales of Real Samurai

Tales of Samurai Read some of the most amazing tales of Samurai throughout history.  Japanese warriors called the Samurai, were prominent figures during Japan’s warring period. This lasted from the years 794 to 1185, where the first Samurai appeared in the Heian era. Their prominence continued throughout the Kamakura, Muromachi, and Tokugawa periods. Despite this, […]

Genpei Wars: Siege and Betrayals

Sieges and Betrayals The conflicts between the Taira and Minamoto families are some of the most significant in Japanese history. Not only did they mark a before and an after in a way of doing politics, but the conflicts that derived from them began a crack of loyalties that in time would only grow. While […]

Genpei Wars: The Great Defense

Genpei Wars: The Great Defense The Genpei wars was a national civil war that happened during the end of the Heian period in Feudal Japan. After the events of the Heiji rebellion in 1160 in which two of Japan’s most powerful clans, the Taira and the Minamoto, fought to gain influence over the Imperial Court, […]

Katana in the Era of Peace

Katana in the Era of Peace The Katana in the era of peace is a valuable symbol for a Samurai’s identity. It is the ‘Soul of the Samurai.’ The Samurai in the military class obtains his value through the Katana. Prior to the era of peace, The Katana sword was mainly used for battles, together […]