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A Hidden Treasure in Yamaguchi: Ruriko-ji Temple Where the Samurai Once Tread

There are many different temples in Japan today, but there are, of course, some that are outstanding. One of the greatest temples in Japan is Rurikoji temple. Rurikoji temple is a Buddhist temple located in Yamaguchi city. This national treasure is best known for the great five-story pagoda and it is rightly rated among Japan’s…

Everything You Know About Ninjas Is Wrong?

People all over the world know the ninja. You can go to almost any country and ask someone to describe a ninja and you will get a similar description, “a guy dressed in black with a sharp sword and throwing stars”. Ninja have made it into nearly every form of media; video games, movies, comic…

Learn All About the ”Legendary Toilet Ninja,” Ukifune Jinnai!

Let’s face it: ninjas are totally awesome! Japanese history is replete of the epic exploits of legendary ninjas throughout the ages. Names like Hattori Hanzo, Goemon, and other famous ninjas are well known throughout the world. But there is one ninja who might be more awesome than any other for sheer audacity, cunning, and smell……

Capture Your Samurai Side at the Samurai Studio This April!

Samurais may seem to be a thing of the past if you consider how long it has been since the era of their prime in Japan. But even in this modern age, there are still some people who would like to bring the past to the present. One of the fascinating elements of Japan in…

Kyudo: The ’Way of the Bow’ as a Traditional Japanese Form of Art

Japan is home to many martial art traditions where some are only recognized within Japan. One example of this is “kyudo,” a Japanese martial art originating from the samurai class. For most practitioners in Japan, Kyudo is an art form and literally means “way of the bow” which is also linked to ancient Shinto tradition.…

Travel Back 400 Years in Time for the Samurai and Ninja Show in Asakusa!

Most people the world over know Japan for their great warriors, the samurai and ninja. Sadly these roles ended many years ago. But thanks to the efforts of a new group you can see ninja and samurai live in battle! samurai-ninja-show.com/ Samurai and Ninja samurai-ninja-show.com/ An overview of Japanese history would be lacking greatly if…

Why Did the Samurai Wear Their Hair In a “Chonmage”?

The chonmage is a traditional Japanese hairstyle which is usually linked to samurai and the Edo period. Traditionally, the hairstyle of chonmage features a shaved pate, and the rest of the hair is tied up in a bun. It is said that the shaven pate has an added benefit to hide various forms of male…

3 Places to Find Samurai Ghosts In and Around Tokyo

Planning to visit Tokyo? Wondering how you can make your visit truly memorable and unique? Why, by searching for samurai ghosts, of course. As it happens, stories about the lost souls of samurai have been a staple of traditional Kabuki and Noh theatre, for centuries, and are still popular in modern Japanese films, such as…

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…

Step into the Tale of the Historical 47 Ronin Vendetta at Sengaku-Ji Temple!

If you’ve heard of the 47 loyal Ronin, you must have also heard of the Sengaku-ji Temple where their graves can be found. It is a Buddhist Temple located in the neighborhood of Takanawa, Tokyo which was considered as one of the three major temples in the Edo Era together with Seishoji Temple and Sosenji…
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