Ancient Legendary Origins of the Samurai
Hiroshi Ōshima, the former Japanese Ambassador to Germany, believed that the noble castes in Japan, the Daimyo and the Samurai, were descended from gods of celestial origin, which was similar to the N...
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Things You Didn’t Know About Ninjas
Shrouded in mystery these 25 things you didn't know about ninjas will enlighten you about the ancient way of the shinobi.
Ninja
A ninja (忍者) or shinobi (忍び) was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan. The functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, and assassination, and open combat in certa...
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Samurai
Samurai (侍) were the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan.In Japanese, they are usually referred to as bushi (武士, [bu.ɕi]) or buke (武家). According to translator William Sco...
Sanada Ten Braves
The Sanada Ten Braves (真田十勇士, Sanada Jūyūshi, also known as the Ten Heroes of Sanada) are a legendary group of ninja that assisted the warlord Sanada Yukimura during the Warring States era of ...
Ancient Legendary Origins of the Samurai
Hiroshi Ōshima, the former Japanese Ambassador to Germany, believed that the noble castes in Japan, the Daimyo and the Samurai, were descended from gods of celestial origin, which was similar to the N...
Komatsuhime
Komatsuhime (小松姫) (1573 – March 27, 1620) was a Japanese woman of the late Azuchi-Momoyama through early Edo periods. Born the daughter of Honda Tadakatsu, she was adopted by Tokugawa Ieyasu...
Ōban (Great Watch)
The Ōban (大番), usually translated as "Great Watch," was a contingent of troops dedicated to protecting the Home Provinces (畿内, kinai) and safeguarding the Throne. The Watch existed in one form or ...
Saika Ikki
The Saika Ikki or Saiga Ikki (雑賀一揆), based in Ōta in Kii Province, were one of many Ikkō-ikki (Buddhist fanatic warriors) groups in feudal Japan led by Saika Magoichi. In particular, the members o...
Bajozutsu revolver
The bajōzutsu (馬上筒) was a tanegashima (Japanese matchlock) in the form of a pistol. Bajōzutsu were used by mounted samurai in feudal Japan.
Taira no Atsumori
Taira no Atsumori (平 敦盛) (1169–1184) was a samurai famous for his early death in single combat. At the Battle of Ichi-no-Tani, Atsumori engaged Kumagai Naozane, an ally of the Minamoto, and was ki...
Taira no Atsumori - Wikipedia
Yamanami Keisuke
Yamanami Keisuke (山南 敬助, 1833 – March 20, 1865) was a Japanese samurai. He was the General Secretary (Vice Commander) of the Shinsengumi, a special police force in Kyoto during the lat...
Yamamoto Yaeko
Yamamoto Yaeko (山本 八重子, 1 December 1845 – 14 June 1932), also known as Niijima Yae (新島八重), was a Japanese woman of the late Edo period who lived into the early Showa period. She was famously ...
Yamamoto Yaeko - Wikipedia
Sashimono
Sashimono (指物, 差物, 挿物) were small banners historically worn by soldiers in feudal Japan, for identification during battles.
Sashimono poles were attached to the backs of the chest armor (dou or dō...
Sashimono - Wikipedia
Nihonmatsu Shonentai
The Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊, literally "Nihonmatsu Youth Corps") was a group of around 62 samurai of the Nihonmatsu Domain, aged between 12 and 17, who fought in the Boshin War.Although the r...
Nihonmatsu Shonentai - Wikipedia
Shizoku
The Shizoku (士族, Shizoku, lit. "warrior families") was a social class merged with former Samurai on 25 July 1869, as part of the Meiji Restoration. It was a class distinct from the Kazoku (a m...
Katō Danzō
Katō Danzō (加藤 段蔵, 1503? – 1569) was a famed 16th century ninja master during the Sengoku period Japan who was also known as flying Katō (飛び加藤, Tobi Katō).
There are many version...
Ishikawa Goemon
Ishikawa Goemon (石川 五右衛門, 1558 – October 8, 1594) was a semi-legendary Japanese outlaw hero who stole gold and valuables and gave them to the poor. Goemon is notable for being boiled alive a...
Ishikawa Goemon - Wikipedia
Rennyo
Rennyo (蓮如) (1415–1499) was the 8th Monshu, or head-priest, of the Honganji Temple of the Jōdo Shinshū sect of Buddhism, and descendant of founder Shinran. Jodo Shinshu Buddhists often referred t...
Rennyo - Wikipedia
Yamabushi
Yamabushi (山伏) (one who lies in the mountains) are Japanese mountain ascetic hermits with a long tradition, endowed with supernatural powers in traditional Japanese mysticism. They follow the Shug...
Seppuku
Seppuku (切腹, "stomach-cutting", "abdomen-cutting") is a form of Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment. Seppuku was originally reserved only for samurai. Part of the samurai bushido honour code...
Seppuku - Wikipedia
Onna bugeisha
An onna-bugeisha (女武芸者) was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese upper class. Many wives, widows, daughters, and rebels answered the call of duty by engaging in battle, commonly alon...
Onna bugeisha - Wikipedia