From Family Dispute to Civil War

The Onin War Who can tell that a dispute between a father and his son-in-law would eventually become a 12-year civil war? This war was known as the Onin War. Ōnin refers to the Japanese era spanning from March 1467 through April 1469. It occurred after Bunsho and before Bunmei. Bunsho marked the history from […]

What is Tamahagane?

Tamahagane There are various Japanese swords made of Tamahagane steel, but what is Tamahagane? It is a kind of steel that originated from Japan for producing classic Nihonto. In a sense, this metal composes of carbon and steel ore. The steel ore comes from iron sand while carbon is from charcoal. These components undergo smelting […]

Japanese Bayonet

Japanese Bayonet History Bayonets are derived from the French word Baionette which means a knife or sword shape weapon. This weapon also doubles up as a spear. The Japanese, German and Italian armies all have their separate interpretations of bayonets. However, one thing is common and that is that each of their versions have a […]