samurai

Are You a Fan of the Vagabond Manga? Take Miyamoto Musashi’s Journey!

From the same brilliant mind that produced Slam Dunk, Vagabond is a manga written and drawn by Takehiko Inoue from Kagoshima prefecture. The story is based on a real and very legendary figure in the art of the sword; Miyamoto Musashi. This is a list of places that the ronin journeyed to in his quest…

Soma Nomaoi: A Brief on the Wild Horse Racing Samurai Festival

There was a time in the 10th century when Samurai warriors secretly commenced military exercises which involved the general releasing wild horses onto a plain where they were then pursued and captured by his cavalry. In the end, the captured horses were given as offerings to the Shinto deity. This traditional festival is still being…

4 of the Most Legendary Samurai in History

Japanese history is full of a military tactics, great samurai and shoguns, but these few are exceptional. They are the most famous soldiers and samurai in Japanese history and will always be remembered for their bravery. Taira no Kiyomori 1118-1181 en.wikipedia.org/ Often called the first true samurai. He was the head of the Taira clan…

A Tokyo Ghost Story: The Angry Spirit of Taira no Masakado

Tokyo is one of the most densely populated areas in the world: more than 6000 people live in 1 square kilometer in this metropole. This also means that space is scarce, and especially in popular downtown districts every square meter is utilized to the maximum. This makes it all the more surprising to find a…

Magnificent Himeji Castle, An Absolute Guide of all Must-See Highlights

As the largest, most often visited and one of the Japan’s oldest surviving castles, Himeji Castle dates back to 1333. Originally built as a fort by Akamatsu Norimura and later transformed into a castle two centuries later in Himeji City, Hyogo, the “White Heron Castle” as Himeji is also known as, is a World Heritage…

The Rise and Fall of the Powerful Samurai Warlord, Oda Nobunaga

Oda Nobunaga is one of the most prominent figures in the history of Japan. In fact, millennials today still recognize his contributions to the unification of Japan. In one of the segments of the defunct Japanese TV show called Cartoon-KATTUN, two of the hosts, i.e. Kamenashi Kazuya and Jin Akanishi have expressed their admiration to…

Keeping Japan’s Ancient Family Crest Tradition Alive in Today’s World

As modernization continues to assimilate other cultures into one global culture, Japan is battling over the preservation of its traditions; and one of these traditions is the use of the family crest (kamon) and the incorporation of it into their daily lives. imgarcade.com/ The use of crest or symbols in Japan to represent kinship has…

Matsumoto Castle: A Must for Castle Lovers!

Depending on different sources and opinions, the ranking of the great castles differ. Apart from Himeji and Kumamoto castle, I personally would recommend Matsumoto Castle (松本城) as one of the “Must Visit” places if you are into castles. Located in Nagano, Matsumoto Castle earned its name as the “Crow castle” because of its elegant black…

Toshiro Mifune: The Captivating Actor that Introduced the Samurai to the West!

If you’re as big of a film buff as I am, you’ll know who Toshiro Mifune (三船敏郎) is. Also, if you’re as obsessed with Japanese cinema as I am, then you probably know all the lines of “Yojimbo” by heart! For the western world, there’s no more iconic image of the samurai than the swaggering…

Okachimachi: A Jewelry Lover’s Paradise and Tokyo’s Hidden Gem!

Tokyo is world famous for being one of the most expensive cities in the world. Head to Ginza shopping district and you could easily spend your whole month’s salary on a few pairs of socks. Visitors to this city often expect to pay ridiculous sums of money for products, restaurants, hotels, and definitely finer items…
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