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The new Anime on Netflix featuring Japans First Black Samurai

The new Netflix Anime series features the life and times of Yasuke. A famous traveling bodyguard, who became a Samurai for one of the most powerful Feudal Lords at the time. It is a fascinating story, although

The First Black Samurai

A mysterious visitor arrived in Japan in 1579. What made him mysterious was that he was from Africa, and he was called Yasuke. Very much of his story still remains a mystery to this day, and there

The Complete Guide to Samurai Armor For Collectors

Samurai Armor is a piece of steel armor that covers the samurai’s body. The samurai armor has changed over the centuries in response to different weapon types being introduced to Japan. Ancient armors were relatively light and

Different Ruling Classes in Historical Japan

The Ruling Class of Merchants & Professional Classes In feudal Japan, there were three major ruling classes: the samurai ruling class, the merchant class, and the peasant class. Members of the samurai ruling class were nobles or

Shimazu Yoshihisa

Shimazu Yoshihisa’s childhood and rise to power Yoshihisa was born in 1538, the son of Shogun Ieyasu. The young Yoshihisa was placed in the care of the abbot of Kennin-ji Temple, who educated him until he was

Honda Tadakatsu

Who is Honda Tadakatsu? He is one of the most famous and popular samurai in the Sengoku Jidai period. Honda was born in 1548 and became a samurai based on his father’s wishes. His father’s wish for

Hattori Hanzo

Hattori Hanzo is regarded as the most famous Japanese Samurai ever. He survived numerous battles and was one of the few Samurai to excel in both military and literary arts. Hattori Hanzo was born into a low-rank

Uesugi Kenshin

Samurai warriors in Japan in the 16th century were among the most elite in the world. They were preeminent warriors, expert swordsmen, and dedicated followers of honor and loyalty. The life of a samurai was not easy,

Miyamoto Musashi – Famous Swordsman

Who is Miyamoto Musashi and why is he so well-known? The most well-known samurai in Japanese history, Miyamoto Musashi is famous for his mastery of the Japanese sword arts. Born in 1584 to a farming family, Musashi

Tokugawa Ieyasu – Greatest Samurai General

Introduction to Japan’s Greatest Samurai General Tokugawa Ieyasu was a Japanese feudal lord, shogun, and military dictator who founded the Tokugawa shogunate that ruled Japan from 1603 to 1868. Ieyasu was born in Okazaki Castle and his