Visitors clash in mock feudal battle at Matsue Castle
Participants in the Nov. 14 event at Matsue Castle push a mock battering ram to break open the front gate. (Shigeru Imoto)
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...
Replica of legendary spear gets face-lift with sheath of bear pelt
The replica of the "Otekine no Yari" spear is shown in Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Oct. 16. (Takashi Sugimoto)
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...
Samurai warlords resurrected in Nagoya
The Nagoya Omotenashi Busho-tai shows off its latest recruits at Nagoya Castle in Naka Ward on April 4. (Chieko Hara)
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.
Google Japan offers free samurai soundstage for YouTube clips
Google Japan Inc.’s historical drama studio set in Tokyo’s Roppongi district (Yuriko Suzuki)
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...
Fabled 'dragonfly' spear on show at Shizuoka museum
Taeko Watanabe, director of the Sano Art Museum, holds the legendary "Tonbogiri" (Dragonfly cutter) spear in Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Jan. 7. (Takashi Sugimoto)
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 ...
'Kacchu' lightweight, danceable armor made from paper a big hit...
Company President Kenichi Tanoue poses with a pair of replica of traditional samurai armor of feudal warlords. The “kacchu” on the right is a reproduction of the suit of armor used by Tokugawa Ieyasu; the left, by Oda Nobunaga. Both were used in historical TV dramas. (Keisuke Tanaka)
SATSUMASENDAI, Kagoshima Prefecture--In Japanese historical TV dramas, those elaborate multi-layered armor worn by the samurai heroes, resplendent in their helmets, swords and...
Osaka Castle theme park to offer feel of Edo Period
An artist’s rendition of the planned theme park in Osaka Castle Park that allows visitors to experience the Japan of the Edo Period (Provided by the Osaka city government)
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...
Former Dutch diplomat toils after hours in bringing samurai...
Jeroen Lamers (Photo by Go Takayama)
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...
Osaka Ronin 5 mark 400th anniversary of Siege of Osaka
Acting troupe Osaka Ronin 5 perform with swords in a festival held at Ikukunitama Jinja shrine in Osaka's Tennoji Ward on Sept. 7. (Nahoko Kyotani)
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 ...
PHOTO: Soma Nomaoi festival regains pre-disaster splendor
Riders in samurai gear compete in a traditional event at the Soma Nomaoi festival in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 27. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
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.
Calligrapher dedicates superhero 'characters' to kindergartner
The calligraphy work of Reiko Watanabe featuring the word "Gaim" (Provided by Reiko Watanabe)
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...
CHARMS OF SENDAI (10): Modern day samurai troop promotes Date's...
Sendai’s first lord Date Masamune and his faithful group of vassals
Visitors to Sendai may be surprised to see samurai clad in armor and carrying swords on the city streets.
JAPAN'S WORLD KITCHEN: Traditional Edo Period Kaga fare featured...
From "Bushi no Kondate" (Courtesy of Shochiku Co.)
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.
ANIME NEWS: Gakken adds title to samurai manga streaming website
From the official website
Gakken Publishing Co. has expanded the lineup on its streaming website that offers samurai-themed manga titles in Japanese and English simultaneously for free.
Keanu Reeves film based on true Japanese story
Actor Keanu Reeves appears for a photo session in the press conference to promote the 3-D film "47 RONIN" in Tokyo on Nov. 18. (AP Photo)
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.
Samurai armor enthusiast takes a thrifty approach to history
Yoichi Katayama, samurai armor enthusiast, shows off his handmade armor. The style is said to be the one favored by Ishida Mitsunari, a samurai of the late Sengoku period. (Nanako Ito)
OSAKA--“Step in, step in. You may come closer,” beckoned a bearded burly warlord, as he magnanimously waved me in.
Sakai’s forged blades, shears made like the samurai swords of old
Yasuhiro Hirakawa, left, hammers a piece of red-hot steel just taken out of the furnace, while his apprentice, Eric Chevallier, looks on. (Nanako Ito)
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.
PHOTO: Soma Nomaoi festival draws Tohoku 'samurai' to Tokyo
Horseback riders clad in samurai armor race through the course during the Soma Nomaoi festival on Sept. 29 at the Tokyo City Keiba racecourse in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward. (Naoko Kawamura)
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...
Sword masters forge a bond with 'Evangelion' anime
A 3.3 meter-long replica of the "Lance of Longinus" (Provided by The Osaka Museum of History)
FUKUOKA--Traditional Japanese swordsmiths have turned to a popular anime in hopes of revitalizing their flailing industry.
PHOTO: Soma Nomaoi festival held in Fukushima
Cavaliers in samurai armor compete in traditional style horse racing during the Soma Nomaoi festival in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 28. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
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.