November 15, 2015
MATSUE--Visitors to Matsue Castle here on Nov. 14 could take a time machine back hundreds of years and experience a mock battle from the days when it served as a feudal...
October 17, 2015
SHIMADA, Shizuoka Prefecture--A replica of a historic lance, known as one of Japan's three great spears, is back home for a final fitting: a sheath made of bear pelt like the...
May 26, 2015
NAGOYA--Tears were shed and sobbing was heard after three fearsome samurai warlords announced they would leave the battlefield to pursue fame and fortune in show-biz.
April 09, 2015
With an eye on wooing younger people into watching period dramas, Google Japan Inc. has set up a studio set in Tokyo for YouTube users to try their cinematic skills using...
January 09, 2015
MISHIMA, Shizuoka Prefecture--A legendary spear from a bygone era when warlords waged battles across Japan went on display Jan. 9 at the Sano Art Museum here for the first time ...
November 03, 2014
SATSUMASENDAI, Kagoshima Prefecture--In Japanese historical TV dramas, those elaborate multi-layered armor worn by the samurai heroes, resplendent in their helmets, swords and...
October 23, 2014
OSAKA--Visitors to Osaka Castle Park can soon take a trip back to the Edo Period (1603-1867) where they can dress up like a samurai and dine in restaurants that recreate the...
October 02, 2014
BEIJING--Though most people he met through his job knew him simply as a Dutch diplomat, Jeroen Lamers is much more, for he is a scholar, writer and passionate publicist of a...
September 08, 2014
OSAKA--Actors dressed as samurai warriors brought color to a festival Sept. 7 at Ikukunitama Jinja shrine in the city's Tennoji Ward to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the ...
July 28, 2014
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Hundreds of horseback riders in samurai armor recreated the splendor of feudal Japan at the Soma Nomaoi festival here July 27.
July 03, 2014
It can be embarrassing when an adult is stumped by a child. But when a young boy asked calligrapher Reiko Watanabe to write "Gaim," a word she was unfamiliar with, her...
March 16, 2014
Visitors to Sendai may be surprised to see samurai clad in armor and carrying swords on the city streets.
January 01, 2014
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of articles on Japanese “washoku” cuisine, which was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in December.
November 20, 2013
Gakken Publishing Co. has expanded the lineup on its streaming website that offers samurai-themed manga titles in Japanese and English simultaneously for free.
November 18, 2013
The director of the Keanu Reeves 3-D film "47 Ronin" says he hopes his adaptation of a true Japanese story becomes a Hollywood blockbuster.
November 12, 2013
OSAKA--“Step in, step in. You may come closer,” beckoned a bearded burly warlord, as he magnanimously waved me in.
October 25, 2013
SAKAI, Osaka Prefecture--Light in the hand, yet so sharp they can cut and prune like a dream, shears made by a local firm here are something special.
September 30, 2013
Horseback riders clad in samurai armor and flying colorful flags raised awareness of recovery efforts in Fukushima Prefecture, as well as clouds of dust, during a traditional...
August 24, 2013
FUKUOKA--Traditional Japanese swordsmiths have turned to a popular anime in hopes of revitalizing their flailing industry.
July 29, 2013
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--About 300 horseback riders dressed in samurai armor engaged in races and mock cavalry battles during the Soma Nomaoi festival here on July 28.