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 …

The Twilight Samurai

The most successful Japanese film of the beginning of the new century. Winner of the most prestigious awards in Japan, triumphant at many international festivals, nominated for an Oscar for non-English film. Many films in the samurai genre showing the samurai arts Iaijutsu and Kenjutsu deal with the drama of their code of ethics and …

The creation of Seitei Iaido

The Japanese martial art of instantly drawing a sword with a subsequent blow is younger than kenjutsu. It originated in Japan in the seventeenth century. According to legend, the samurai Hayashizaki Ginoske wanted revenge for the murder of his father. He could not oppose his father’s killer in a duel because he (the killer) was …

How important is Seme?

The Japanese word “zumeru” means both “to fill a gap” and “to shorten the distance.” In kendo, distance can be viewed in both a spatial (“maai”) and a temporal dimension (“ma”). Today we will talk about how to overcome these two types of distance, pressing the opponent. When we shorten the distance, it is important …

Zanshin – the spirit that remains

Zanshin is a term used in Japanese martial arts. It translates as “remaining mind / spirit”. In addition, “Shin” also means the heart (the place where the senses and the spirit are concentrated). In a narrow sense, zanshin means the position of attention in which we remain after we have performed the last of our …

Osaka Castle – One of Japan’s most famous landmarks

Osaka Castle is one of the most famous and historic castles in all of Japan. The iconic Osaka symbol in the Kanzai region of central Japan played an important role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth-century samurai era. About the Osaka Castle The current main tower in Osaka Castle is a concrete reconstruction …

Toyota Supra Fourth generation (A80; 1993)

The A80 program was launched in February 1989 under the leadership of Isao Tsuzuki, various design, engineering and engineering teams. By the mid-1990s, the final design concept of the A80 was approved by Toyota Aichi Technical Center and frozen for production in the late 1990s. The first test mules were hand-assembled into A70 bodies in …

Miyamoto Musashi – The Samurai Legend

Miyamoto Musashi was a Japanese samurai and swordsman who became a legend. Musashi is known for his remarkable skill as a swordsman and the many duels he has won since his early teens. He is the founder of the Ni Ten Ichi Ryu school and the author of Go Rin No Sho (“The Book of …

Muso Gonnosuke – The Man Who Defeated Musashi

Muso Gonnosuke Katsuyoshi, samurai of the early 17th century, launches a system that elevates the simple stick to one of Japan’s favorite martial arts weapons called Jojutsu. He practiced in Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-ryu, then studied Kashima Jikishinkage-ryu, practicing their secret techniques called “ichi no tachi”. According to legends, Gonnosuke took part in a large number of …

The Japanese Short Sword – Wakizashi

Wakizashi is a short traditional Japanese sword. Mainly used by samurai and worn on the belt. The length of the blade is from 30 cm to 61 cm. The blade is sharpened on one side, slightly distorted. It is usually worn with a katana in the samurai’s belt. In ancient Japan, a sword with a …