Saigo Takamori

Saigo Takamori, the Real Last Samurai With a Fascinating Story

One of the aspects of Japan that attracts many people is samurai. Noble Japanese warriors wielding deadly weapons with codes of honor is a cool concept for many people. Although the blockbuster movie starring Ken Watanabe and Tom Cruise, The Last Samurai, was based on the true Japanese figure, Saigo Takamori, the truth does not…

Meet the Real-Life Samurai That Inspired Anime Characters!

Samurai are icons that often pop up when we talk about Japan. In films they’re depicted as those noble warriors who faithfully serve their lords using their strict fighting discipline and mastery in the art of kenjutsu (Japanese swordsmanship). But, with a unique variety of depictions they have enjoyed in movies, drama series, and anime,…

Who is The Last Samurai?

Everyone has seen Tom Cruise`s Hollywood flick “The Last Samurai” but how many of us knew the true last samurai, “Saigo Takamori (西郷隆盛)”? Who is Saigo Takamori? Saigo Takamori`s actual name is ‘Saigo Kokichi’. Generally Samurais change their names when they become adults. ‘Takamori’ is added to his family name ‘Saigo’ and he is often…