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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

Throughout Time – Unforgettable Battles of the Samurai

Greatest Battles of the Samurai Throughout history, many battles in Japan occurred. Here, Samurai warriors and warlords clashed for power and control. The Samurai dominated warfare in the country despite beginning as provincial warriors. Soon, they emerged and became part of Japan’s military caste. Like other historical periods, the Japanese experienced important battles that molded […]

Dual Sword Wielding Training

Sword-Wielding Training Dual wielding means using two weapons one in each hand while engaging in combat. This combat style is not something that is common. Although there are historical records about dual wielding, these were still very much limited. Not only that, but many weapon-based martial arts make use of a pair of swords. The […]

Minatogawa: The Final Battlefield of Kusunoki Masashige

Minatogawa: The Last Stand Minatogawa is the Final Battlefield of Kusunoki Masashige. The battle showed why Kusunoki Masashige is one of the most commendable warriors in Japanese history. He is an epitome of a true warrior with a great sense of duty and loyalty to the emperor and Imperial family. He values it even more […]

Shinsengumi: Tokugawa Shogunate’s Warriors

The Shinsengumi The Shinsengumi, the warriors of the Tokugawa Shogunate, is a group of individuals recruited by the Bakufu. They were to safeguard Kyoto from the radical loyalists of the Imperial House. Japan idolizes and romanticizes the Shinsengumi despite having a limited spot in history. They were a small faction of Ronin. It was them […]

The Imperial Conquest: Siege of Chihaya

The Imperial Conquest The Chihaya is one of the battles during the Genko War. This occurred in the year 1333, which is the final year of the Kamakura period. This is the time when the Hojo clan Shogunate reigns. They are sent into exile by Emperor Go-Daigo after learning his plans. The Emperor’s scheme is […]

Who Were the First Samurai Warriors?

First Samurai Warriors The first Samurai warriors began to rise at 646 A.D. after the Taika reform, which included land reallocation. In this period, authorities implementing expensive taxes and obliging small farmers to sell their own land are usual. As a result, farmers have to work as tenants in their land. Over time, the large […]

Oda Nobunaga: The First Unifier of Japan

Oda Nobunaga Oda Nobunaga was the first unifier of Japan. He became known during the Sengoku Jidai or better known as Japan’s Age of Warring States. It was a time in history full of conflicts and rivalry between powerful Daimyo or warlords. This period began in the year 1467 with the onset of the Onin […]