The Science of Swords: The Sound of Approaching Doom

The sword is silent as it leaves its scabbard in an expert draw. The only sound it makes is when it whistles as it cuts through the air. It might be the last sound you ever hear.   (That’s Sang Kim sensei cutting. Pretty awesome, right?) Why study the sword? Tales of swords have entranced […]

The Secrets Of Ninjas

The legendary ninjas have captured the hearts, minds, and fantasies of people all over the world. Feared and celebrated for their mysterious ways, their abilities are  the stuff of fairy tales – disappearing into puffs of smoke, blinding their enemies with hidden bombs, and incredible combat feats such as holding off enemies many times their number. Many of these feats  have […]

Ninja Sword Constructed with Hidden Compartment in its Scabbard

Ninja also known as Ninjato is constructed shorter as compared to the katana swords. This type of swords consists of straight edged blade. Such swords have myth that they are not become to hire by a dedicated smith because of their shorter construction. There is a requirement of advancement and great skills so the Ninja […]

The first colour photographs of Japan: enter a fascinating world of geisha and samurai

  It’s exactly 150 years since Emperor Meiji opened Tokyo to trade for the first time, ending Japan’s long standing policy of isolationism. Among the first visitors to Japan in the years that followed was Felice Beato, the Italian–British photographer. His images, all taken between 1864 and 1867, reveal a fascinating world of samurai warriors and geisha, peasants and courtesans. […]

Hojōjutsu- The traditional Japanese Martial Arts of tying up your Opppnent

Hojōjutsu (捕縄術) is the traditional Japanese martial arts of tying up your opponent using the sageo of your sword or other himo. It has came to our attention that unfortunately, very little attention is given to this remarkable art. Though not common, Hojōjutsu is part of certain bujutsu koryū such as jujutsu school Takenouchi-ryū. Besides […]

Sleep like a samurai – Travel provider offers one-night stay in a Japanese castle

Free package includes dinner modeled after meals eaten by feudal lords. Although I spent several years working in the hotel industry, my personal travel style makes me pretty flexible as far as picking as accommodations are concerned. As long as the location is good and the room clean, I don’t need a whole lot of other amenities, especially if […]

Sifu, Sensei, Sabom-Nim – What’s The One Thing That Unites Them?

From the very beginning of their existence, martial arts knowledge and techniques have been transmitted from  masters to pupils. In this way, masters were able to prevent martial arts knowledge and values from fading away with time. And thanks to them, nowadays we still have disciplines that have survived even for centuries. In every single country, Masters are known by […]

10 distinctive features of the Japanese education system that made this nation the envy of the world

Japanese people are known for their intelligence, strong health, politeness, and wellness. But why is this nation so unique and different from the rest of the world? Because they have an incredibly cool education system! Manners before knowledge. In Japanese schools, the students don’t take any exams until they reach grade four (the age of 10). They just take small tests. […]