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The Honourable Second: Forensic evidence of medieval kaishaku in seppuku

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The Honourable Second: Forensic evidence of medieval kaishaku in seppuku

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Within the practice of modern iaido and other Japanese sword arts, there remain katas which echo a solemn duty any samurai could be called...

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News: Learning Edo-era blade polishing techniques from a Japanese master (Japan)

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in In the News | 0 comments

Dateline: Japan Rocket News 24 Have you taken a close look lately at the knives you use every day when preparing food? If you’ve been...

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Blade similar to anime Rurouni Kenshin sword found

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in In the News | 0 comments

In the anime series Rorouni Kenshin ( also known in North America as Samurai X ), the hero carries a sword called a sakabato, an unusual...

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Comparing Medieval images of European and Japanese sword polishers

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Comparing Medieval images of European and Japanese sword polishers

Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History | 0 comments

Several recent discussions on various  blogs and web forums examined marginalia images from middle-to-late Medieval and early Renaissance...

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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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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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Tameshigiri at the movies

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Tameshigiri at the movies

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Reviews, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

There are very few movie productions which feature scenes of tameshigiri. From the film maker’s perspective, perhaps this is...

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