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. […]

24 Badass Samurai From 19th Century That Make You Want To Be Like Them

Samurai were the military nobility and officer caste of medieval and early-modern Japan. These photos of cool Samurai from the 19th century that make you admire. Oda Nobuyoshi Sakuzaemon Yamanouchi Ōkuma Shigenobu Takasugi Shinsaku Matsudaira Yoshinaga Tadataka Mizuno Enomoto Takeaki Yamaoka Tesshū Ōkubo Toshimichi Fukuzawa Yukichi Chikaratsunemori Yokoyama Heikuro Shibusawa Hidetoshi Egawa Hijikata Toshizō Jojiro […]

Sasumata-The Samurai Pole Weapon

The sasumata (刺股) (spear fork) is a pole weapon used by the samurai class and their retainers in feudal Japan. Although some sources place the origin of the sasumata in the Muromachi period, most sources discuss its use in the Edo period. In Edo period Japan the samurai were in charge of police operations. Various […]

黒澤浩樹 – Hiroki Kurosawa: A Samurai Has Left

Achievements 6th World Tournament 1995 (IKO-1) — 6th (Lost to Yamaki) 5th World Tournament 1991 — 3rd (Lost to Midori) 4th World Tournament 1987 — 6th (Lost to Thompson – inj.) 25th All Japan Tournament 1993 — 6th 17th All Japan Tournament 1985 — 2nd 16th All Japan Tournament 1984 — 1st 10th All Japan […]


Samurai Gourmet, the new Japanese show now streaming on Netflix, is not about cooking. Unlike many of the platform’s successful foodie-friendly originals, such as the culinary artist-worshiping Chef’s Table, this isn’t a show where you learn about life in a kitchen. There’s no pressure on Samurai Gourmet. No ticking clock. No judges. No screaming Gordon Ramsay. […]

Sword of one of Japan’s last samurai discovered in house in America

TOKYO — Born in 1830, Yoshida Shoin was part of Japan’s last generation of samurai. While that distinction carries with it a certain tragically romantic feel, the truth is that Shoin himself wanted to bring an end to the feudal mode of government in which Japan was ruled by the samurai class. Growing up during […]

Samurai Armor as a Fashion Statement

Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms & Armor’ at the Cincinnati Art Museum features more than 130 objects including weapons, artwork and 11 suits of armor. With a title like Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms & Armor, you might think this is purely a warlike exhibit, aiming for throngs of young (and older) men rushing to […]

Saitō Hajime-The Japanese Samurai of Last Edo Period

Saitō Hajime (斎藤 一, February 18, 1844 – September 28, 1915) was a Japanese samurai of the late Edo period, who most famously served as the captain of the third unit of the Shinsengumi. He was one of the few core members who survived the numerous wars of the Bakumatsu period. Early years Saitō was […]

15 Ornate Samurai Helmet Tattoos

A samurai helmet is as equally powerful a symbol alone as it is when worn by a Samurai. It only takes one look and you know exactly what it is and what it represents. Traditional Samurai helmets were called Kabuto and were worn by the Samurai warriors of feudal Japan. Made from a number of […]