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 …

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 …

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, …

Naginata – The Weapon Of The Ancient Japanese Soldiers

The Naginata is a Japanese melee weapon with a long handle (about 2 m) with an oval cross section and a curved one-sided blade (about 30 cm), with which the ancient japanese samurai fought. Over time, a lighter version of the weapon (1.2 – 1.5 m), used in training and has shown better characteristics in …

The Shinai – a training weapon in Japan

The Shinai is a bamboo sports equipment simulating a sword. It is used for training in kendo and other martial arts. Usually imitates the Japanese katana sword. In kendo, both the “cutting” part of the shinai and its tip are used for striking. When used for practice, the shinai minimizes the danger of killing and …

Tokugawa Ieyasu – Samurai and Shogun of Japan

Tokugawa Ieyasu was a Japanese samurai and shogun, founder in 1603 of the Tokugawa dynasty and shogunate, although he actually ruled Japan from 1600 after the Battle of Sekigahara. Officially, his rule ended in 1605, but Tokugawa continued to exercise his power through the so-called “Cloistered rule”, but retained his power until his death. Something …