Azuchi Castle – One Of The Most Famous Castles

The castles of Japan are distinguished by their special architecture. In the city of Azuchi, north of Omi Hachiman (Shiga Prefecture), on the shores of Lake Biwa, there is one of the main castles of Oda Nobunaga, a military leader and the most prominent samurai of Japan, who devoted his life to the unification of …

Hase-dera Temple – A Place You Must Visit

Hase-dera temple This ancient temple was founded in 736. It is sometimes referred to as “Hase Kannon Temple” due to the Kannon statue kept here. Flowers such as hydrangeas, cherries, lilies, clovers, plums, daffodils, etc. grow here. Therefore, the temple is also called “flower temple”. The temple is divided into upper and lower zones. In …

The Temple of Asakusa

Tokyo is the capital of the incredibly picturesque and picturesque country of Japan. This metropolis is considered one of the most modern cities in the world in terms of infrastructure and architecture. Tokyo’s culture is unique and unique: the numerous theaters, museums, festivals and palaces are just some of what the city is famous for. …

Kiyomizudera – The Temple of Purity

One of the oldest temples, Kiyomizudera, is a complex of thirty buildings, the construction of which began at the end of the Nara period in 778. Most of them are wooden, so they were repeatedly destroyed and burned over the centuries to be rebuilt in 1633 by the famous shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu, who ruled the …

Kenchoji – One of the oldest Zen Temples

Kenchoji Temple was founded approximately 750 years ago. It was he who was the center of the development of Japanese Zen Buddhism, one of the oldest temples of the Zen sect. Kenchoji Temple is the main temple of this sect in Japan and the first one built in Kamakura. It was founded in 1253 by …

Toji Temple

Toji, a unique temple complex from the 8th century, is a place steeped in history, legend and antiquity. Toji literally translates as an oriental temple. Initially, the temple was used to protect the capital and the surrounding lands both by the massive structures themselves and by the gods to whom they prayed here. Now the …

Tanto – the Samurai’s dagger

Tanto is a samurai dagger, which was designed and used primarily as a stabbing weapon but also for finishing off opponents, cutting off heads, etc. and never as a knife. The edge can be used for slashing as well. Sometimes tanto was worn in daishho as a second sword. Tantos were used mostly by samurai, but they were also …

Kodachi – the sword that is a shield

Kodachi is a Japanese sword shorter than Daito (long sword) and slightly longer than tanto. Its blade is 40 to 65 cm long. Its size allowed the samurai to pull it out very quickly. It was used where movements were restricted, or in a body-to-body attack. Preferred weapon by the samurai, who relied mainly on …

Chigiriki – a part of ninjas’ arsenal

Chigiriki is a Japanese type of mace used by the ninjas. It consists of about 60 cm wooden handle and 60 – 70 cm metal chain to it, with a ball with a spike at the end of the chain. There are chains that are simply fixed to the top of the rod, and those that …

Kanabo – the samurai’s choice to deal with armor

Kanabo is a samurai weapon of feudal Japan, a type of tetsubo in the form of a metal club with a round handle, which has a thickening with a ring at the end, and, often, supplemented by small unsharpened spikes. Kanabo, like most weapons of the same type, was constructed from heavy wood or iron, …