After 2 years with the same theme, I decided to make a change. Please tell me what you think. I hope this new theme will showcase more of the articles on the front page so people can get a better idea what the article is about. The layout I think is a little more organised… Read More Site Update
Heiji Monogatari Emaki (Tale of the Heiji Rebellion) Night Attack on the Sanjo Palace from the Illustrated Scrolls of the Events of the Heiji Era. Japanese, Kamakura period, second half of the 13th century Object place: Japan Handscroll: ink and color on paper 41.3 X 699.7 cm (16 1/4 X 275 1/2 in.) A BRIEF… Read More The Heiji Scroll
On this Day, December 16, 1614, a number of Samurai women were killed by cannon fire in Osaka Castle. 400 years ago today, during the Winter Siege of Osaka, a cannon used by the Tokugawa forces scored a direct hit on the Tenshu (Keep) of Osaka Castle, killing a number of Samurai women sheltering inside.… Read More Cannon use during the winter siege of Osaka.
Goto Matabei’s Armour. Among Kuroda Nagamasa’s captains was a samurai named Goto Matabei, a much-respected professional warrior who often proudly boasted of the 53 scars on various parts of his body, trophies of the many wars in which he had participated. He provided fine service to the Kuroda clan during the Battle of Sekigahara. Although… Read More Goto Matabei’s Armour.
The Meiji Restoration is a very important period in Japan’s history as it reestablished Imperial rule and was the catalyst for the Japanese economy and society to move into the industrial age. 268 years of rule under the Tokugawa shogunate ended, and was eventually replaced with a national parliamentary system. Most members of this parliament… Read More The Meiji Restoration – A quick rundown
A change of pace now away from temples and shrines. Sumo, one of Japan’s oldest sports but one of the least know. I love Sumo and I love the history and tradition associated with the sport. There are a few publications written about the sport in English and I would advise anyone interested in Sumo… Read More O Sumo