Japanese sword

Learn How You Can Become a Samurai and Study the Art of the Perfect Cut

“Samurai” as a concept has been one of Japan’s hottest exports in last few decades. The rise in the popularity of anime, martial arts, and anything Japanese in the West has piqued the interest of younger generations in a way that other cultural imports haven’t been able to match. For many Japanophiles, their interest extends…

How Do You Bring a Sword In and Out of Japan? All About Japanese Sword Laws

Japan is famous for its martial arts such as Karate (空手), Judo (柔道), Kendo (剣道), Aikido (合気道), Jujutsu (柔術), Sumo (相撲), and others. Some of these martial arts, especially Kendo, involve swordsmanship which makes them interesting activities. Many people practice using a bamboo sword or a plastic sword at a training school since it is…

Top 44 Things to Do in Asakusa, Tokyo’s Oldest Traditional District!

Asakusa (浅草) is a district in Taito-ku (台東区), Tokyo (東京) that is home to many historical and modern sights, making it one of the most popular go-to destinations for visitors to Japan. The area is home to various department stores, restaurants, affordable youth hostels, and the famous Senso-ji (浅草寺) Temple, which is the oldest Buddhist…

Learn Japanese Sword Dance at the Samurai Kembu Theater in Kyoto!

Having a samurai experience is one of the most unforgettable memories you can have in Japan. As a military person, it is quite indispensable for a samurai to master the art of martial arts and military tactics. In order for you to have a full-scale samurai experience with lesson and demonstration, you can give it…

Experience These 3 Ways To Transform Yourself Into a Japanese Warrior!

Have you ever watched old fashioned action movies and wished you could be a hero just like them? I know I always do. I love watching martial arts movies where the heroes save the day, and ride horses and forge their own special weapons. So when I came to Japan, I was determined to turn…

Seppuku (Harakiri): The Honorable Death of a Samurai

‘Seppuku’ (widely known as ‘Harakiri’ by foreigners) is a Japanese highly ritualized suicide by disembowelment. This ritual is specifically reserved for the samurai, by which they can regain the honour for his family that are left alive, and for him to die in an honourable way. The act of Seppuku itself is not technically a…

The 3 Most Popular Traditional Japanese Swords

Japan is a country popular for its swords. Swords vary in size, shape, functionality and style of manufacturing. Each period produced a different type of sword. The ancient swords were seen during the Jokoto period while newly-made swords flourished in the Shinsakuto period. Among these, there are only 3 types of swords which became very…

Katana, the Finest Sword of All

The legendary Japanese sword, katana, is classified as the finest sword in the world. You may ask yourself what are the reasons for that. Just like you and me, some researchers have been wondering the same thing. From many years ago until now, scientists from prestigious universities in Europe and the U.S have engaged in…

A Slash Through History: The Katana

Although it would look awesome in the kitchen, the following item is meant for much more: the traditional Katana. As one of the most famous swords of all time, it has a lot of history on its beautifully curved back. Let’s take a look. Sword and scabbard long-swords.weebly.com/ The Katana is one kind of the…