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 […]

Tameshigiri Double Cut

Tameshigiri The most challenging cuts you will first learn are the double cuts. Yet this is where all the trick cuts start. It can be daunting, especially the speed of cuts, sudden directional changes, and needed accuracy. All these need to be demonstrated and may come off as impossible at first. Yet there are some […]

Kogarasu Maru – Double Edge Katana

The Kogarasu Maru The Kogarasu Maru – a double-edged Katana – is also called the Little Crow. It is a distinct Japanese Katana believed to have been crafted by Amakuni. Known as a legendary smith, it is said that Amakuni made Kogarasu Maru in the 8th century CE. The sword was also said to be […]

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 […]

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 […]