Muromachi

The period from approximately 1337 to 1573 was known in Japan as the Muromachi period (室町時代). Also known as the Ashikaga era too, this period of Japan’s history can further be split into 2 periods which consisted

Nara

The Nara period (奈良時代) covers the years from approximately 710 AD to 794 AD. Heijo Kyo served as the main imperial capital in the Nara region from 710 to 784 and was established by Empress Gemmei. It

Akechi Mitsuhide

Akechi Mitsuhide was a general during the warring states period in Japan, known as the Sengoku period. He worked under the daimyo Oda Nobunaga, and later rebelled against him in 1582. Mitsuhide was born in 1528 and

Arts

It was during the Edo period that the urbanization of Japan really began to pick up, and with the rise in wealth around all citizens, there became a great value placed on the culture of the arts.

Women

In early feudal Japan, the women that samurai choose as their wives were expected to maintain the household while their husbands were away fighting. Wives were known as okugatasama, which is translated to mean the one who

Marriage

It was tradition for a samurai to have an arranged marriage. It was usually the job of a samurai friend or relation who held the same rank or higher, to arrange the partner. It was often difficult

Names

Samurai had one of the most interesting methods of naming themselves in history. They would look to the past and use one kanji character from either their father or grandfather and then from the present, and one

Education

The education of the samurai began at an early age. From the age of 3, they were trained in the basics of self-defense and fencing using wooden swords. A young child would then be given a miniature

Armour

In Japan, the armor was worn as early as the 4th century by foot soldiers. This was called tanko, and was made as a simple iron breastplate. It wasn’t until the Heian period that the armor evolved

Hand Weapons

The tambo (短棒) is a short staff, normally less than 1 meter in length. The tambo is a short staff, normally less than 1 meter in length. It can be used as a walking stick, support for