11 May 2021
  Japanese terminology for classifying samurai swords is quite precise. Since only samurai were allowed to carry a long sword in ancient Japan, the...
23 April 2021
The sode are the "shoulder straps", the elements of samurai armor used to defend against lateral attacks. The sode were generally square in shape,...
Samurai armor odoshi
11 March 2021
  One of the most typical features of samurai armor is the colored binding that holds the various parts together. Since ancient times, the ō-yoroi...
26 January 2021
  The dō, the cuirass of samurai armor, underwent many changes over the centuries, gradually adapting to innovations in the battlefield; some of the...
25 November 2020
Contrary to popular assumptions, the tsuba is designed to protect the samurai’s hands by preventing them to from slipping down the hilt onto the...
22 October 2020
The word samurai means "one who serves" and refers to military groups that developed around the 10th century in Japan to protect and expand their...

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