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Firearms

There were 2 types of firearms that samurai’s in japan became most commonly associated with, these were cannons, and tanegashima (Japanese matchlock). Cannon’s were used to protect castle walls from intruders and served as a means of

Pole Weapons

There were 2 types of pole weapons to dominate samurai use in Japan. These were the yari (槍), and the naginata (なぎなた, 薙刀). The yari came in a huge number of varieties, with each having different blade

Yumi

The yumi (弓) was a type of longbow that was used by the samurai for ceremonial, hunting, and sport events, but also extensively during the feudal periods. There were 2 types of yumi. The regular size was

Japanese Swords

It is obvious to make the connection with samurai and samurai swords, but the evolution of the Japanese sword, and its history is in-depth with many different stages of development before the modern method of making the well-known

Edo

The period from 1603 to 1868 in Japan is called the Edo period (江戸時代). Also known as the Tokugawa period (徳川時代), this was a period in Japan’s history where the country was under the rule of the

Sengoku

From approximately 1467 to 1603 AD, in Japan, this was known as the Sengoku period (戦国時代). It was a period of war between states, and power struggles between the daimyo, who were the local lords.  The Shogunate

Heian

The Heian period (平安時代) of Japan ran from 794 AD to 1185 AD. Heian (平安) also means peace in Japanese. This period took its name from what was the capital city at the time, Heian Kyo, or

Asuka

The Asuka period (飛鳥時代), or also known as the Asuka Jidai which translated to the “period of flying bird” evolved from the previous Kofun period, and arrived with the introduction of Buddhism to Japan by the monk