1. Nomura Samurai House

    Nomura Samurai House

    The former residence of the Nomura family (野村家) is located in Nagamachi, the bukeyashiki or samurai quarter of Kanazawa, a quiet district characterised by its long straight mud-daub walls topped with traditional wooden slats called kobaita (小羽 板) and covered with straw mats (こも komo) in winter...
  2. Japan: The Ultimate Samurai Guide

    Culture Japan: The Ultimate Samurai Guide

    Part Samurai history, part martial arts guide, this is THE book for anyone interested in Japan's fabled Samurai culture. Author Alexander Bennett is the ultimate insider, holding multiple black belts in Kendo and Naginata as well as a Ph.D. in Japanese literature and history. In this book, he...
  3. Lords of the Samurai

    History Lords of the Samurai

    Japan's samurai were professional soldiers, but they could also be cultivated artists, writers and philosophers. "Samurai" means "he who serves," and these fierce warriors acted in the service of powerful feudal lords known as daimyo ("great name"). Among the most important daimyo families were...
  4. Sumiken


    SumiKen on the App Store SumiKen is an endless samurai game drawn in Japanese sumi-e painting style. This game features fast paced samurai slashing action set in the beautiful landscape of Japan. The game mechanic is an easy to learn, but difficult to master swipe system which require precise...
  5. Klinkov

    Hagakure translations

    Hello dear friends. Many of us noticed the Hagakure after Yukio Mishima's works. Many other noticed that book after the American movie "Ghost Dog". Other maybe already knew its importance or heard about this text through the sphere of Martial Arts. The reason of this topic is to declare the...
  6. Ninomaru Goten

    Ninomaru Goten

    Samurai armour displayed in the Ninomaru Goten in Kakegawa
  7. Miyamoto Musashi

    Biographies Miyamoto Musashi

    Master swordsman and painter of the Edo period (1600-1868), also known as Shinmen Takezō, Miyamoto Bennosuke, Shinmen Musashi-no-Kami Fujiwara no Genshin (新免武蔵守藤原玄信), and under his artistic name Niten. Miyamoto Musashi (宮本武蔵 1584-1645), born in either Mimasaka (modern-day Okayama Prefecture) or...
  8. Kojima Iken

    Biographies Kojima Iken

    Kojima Iken (児島惟謙, 1837-1908), also known as Kojima Korekata (児島惟謙), was born in the Uwajima Domain (宇和島藩 Uwajima-han), Iyo Province (伊予国 iyo-no-kuni, modern-day Ehime Prefecture), into a family of samurai of the Uwajima clan. Separated from his biological mother at an early age, it is said that...
  9. Saigo Takamori

    Biographies Saigo Takamori

    The Last Samurai: an unswerving rebel Born in Kagoshima in the Satsuma Domain (present-day Kagoshima Prefecture), Saigō Takamori (西郷隆盛, 1828-1877) was one of the pro-imperial samurai supporting the Meiji Restoration. He has often been called the “last true samurai”. Saigō was the eldest of...
  10. Samurai

    Culture Samurai

    Toshirō Mifune and Richard Chamberlain in "Shōgun" (1980) "Shōgun" is the first novel in James Clavell’s Asian Saga. It is set in feudal Japan somewhere around the year 1600 and gives a highly fictionalised account of the rise of Tokugawa Ieyasu to the shogunate, seen through the eyes of an...