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Aratameshi: Testing blades to destruction

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Aratameshi: Testing blades to destruction

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

In proving the ability or superiority of their blades, smiths and swords owners of the late Tokugawa era (known as the Bakumatsu Period)...

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Medieval alchemy and weapon making

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Medieval alchemy and weapon making

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Featured, History | 0 comments

Since many consider medieval alchemy to be the forerunner of modern chemistry and metallurgy, it shouldn’t be surprising that...

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Lectures on the Samurai: In War and Culture

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Culture, History, Videos | 0 comments

With thanks to the folk at Medievalist.net, here are three lectures on the dichotomy between warfare and esthetic culture in the life of...

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Myths and realities of Yadome – Arrow cutting

Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, History, Videos | 0 comments

Few images in Japanese myth and storytelling are more dramatic than that of a bushi in combat, taking a stand before attacking archers,...

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A look at a dark past: forensic analysis of tameshigiri remains

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Culture, Cutting Arts, Featured, Forensic Analysis, History | 0 comments

The history of tameshigiri in Japan wavers between the exhibition of skill in cutting straw or bamboo targets, to the proofing of blades...

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