The Kamakura period 1185 to 1333 is a period of Japanese history that marks the governance of the Kamakura Shogunate; officially established in 1192 by the first Kamakura shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo. The era of the imperial courts of the Heian period were drawing to a close and feudalism was on the rise. Buddhism also… Read More Kamakura Period 1185-1333
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
While readers of Japanese literature from the Heian and Kamakura periods often find it difficult to determine when a sexual encounter has actually taken place, there are certain textual indicators that writers can use to make it plain that something carnal has, in fact, occurred. Writers may speak of the night as “dreamlike,” or describe… Read More Forced Affection -Rape as the First Act of Romance in Heian Japan (an essay)
Kusado Sengen is the name of a medieval town that once used to be situated close to the mouth of the Ashida River, in the present day Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. It means, a town of one thousand houses at Kuasdo. The existence of the town had been forgotten for a long time. It… Read More Kusado Sengen – Medieval archaeological site.
I love Kendo and the history of Kendo. I first learned about Kendo while reading Taiko and Musashi in Japan which spurred me to start Kendo training. I did Kendo for a few years and despite suffering a few injuries and being very scared on numerous occasions thoroughly enjoyed it. In this blog I am… Read More History of Kendo