People & History
Female Warriors In Ancient Japan
In the past, the traditional role of a woman in Japan, was one of treasured beauty, to be pampered and protected from all ills but did you know that some Japanese women, were warriors who flew into the face of danger and also played some major roles in Samurai battles?
Geisha - Keepers of Japanese Traditional Art
A Geisha is a custodian of the Japanese traditional art, they are highly educated women, who are also well trained in the traditional classical arts of Japan.
Hosokawa Gracia - Traitor’s daughter or Saint?
Hosokawa Tama Gracia was the daughter of Akechi Mitsuhide, who was also known as “The Twelve Day Shogun”
Japanese Sword - Soul Of The Samurai
In the time of the Samurai two famous sword smiths named Muramasa and Masume, competed to know who was the best swordsmith. To test their prowess they both agreed to place their best sword, into a stream and the sword that cut a leaf would be the winner, who do you think won this contest?
Patrick Lafcadio - Irish Greek With Japanese Heart
Patrick Lafcadio Hearn was an International writer, from Irish and Greek parentage but many would say his heart was in Japan.
Reality of Geisha
A Geisha is an Artist, or Person of Talent but despite many, popular Western theories, the geisha of feudal Japan and even of today, is very different from a prostitute.
The Heian Era – Classical Period Of Japan
The Heian era in Japan was a time of exquisite art, poetry, and music. It was a time when Japan was rich in beauty and discovery.
The Merchant Class Of Feudal Japan
The Merchant class in most societies, are regarded as a necessary asset for nation building, this wasn’t so for the Merchants in feudal Japan because money was held in low regard.
Tomoe Gozen - Female Samurai
Tomoe Gozen was a legendary female samurai in Japan, she fought bravely and was victorious in many battles, one of note is the Gempei War.
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