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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.
Ninja to take the stage in Paris
Five members of Ashura pose at the Ninja Museum of Igaryu in Iga, Mie Prefecture, on June 20. (Tatsuya Yasuda)
IGA, Mie Prefecture--After a successful campaign in Washington, five ninja will take their moves and weaponry to Paris to strengthen a movement that already involves samurai.
Toei Kyoto Studio Park turns to ninja, samurai to save the day
Children in ninja outfits pose in front of the ninja training center at Toei Kyoto Studio Park in Kyoto's Ukyo Ward. (Noboru Tomura)
KYOTO--Just like in the movies, with the Toei Kyoto Studio Park on the ropes, it turned to some familiar forces to turn the tide of battle: ninja and samurai.
Craftsman keeps the tradition of samurai armor alive
Akira Takada, 62, a member of the local “Kitago Kibakai" (Kitago horsemen’s association) is wearing samurai armor that was originally manufactured in the Edo Period. Takada, who survived the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011, will participate in the Soma Nomaoi Festival in July. (Makoto Kogure)
SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--In a dimly lit studio here, Satoshi Tachibana is restoring an old suit of armor.
Guinness recognizes record 'samurai' gathering in Kofu
More than 1,000 people in samurai costumes take part in a parade from Maizuru Castle Koen park in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, at the Shingen-ko Festival on April 7. (Hikaru Uchida)
KOFU--More than 1,000 people in samurai costumes marched through Kofu city and into the Guinness World Records on April 7 as part of the Shingen-ko Festival.
Samurai tour guide still going strong at 82
Joe Okada, a modern-day samurai, slices an apple in Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture. (Photo by Mihoko Takizawa)
It's not every 82-year-old who can slice and dice a tossed apple with a samurai sword, charm a pack of giggling schoolgirls, and cap off each day with eight shots of whiskey.
Kyoto cafe owner aims to bring peace through the samurai
Dressed in samurai attire, Tomonari Hamamura strikes a pose in front of his proud countertop, which is a faithful reproduction of an "izayaka" pub from the Edo Period (1603-1867).
KYOTO--When customers pass through the "noren" shop curtains at the front entrance of the bar Shi-Shin, they are greeted by the bearded owner dressed as a feudal samurai.
SOCCER/ Syria beats Japan, Uzbekistan downs Australia
Japan forward Yuya Osako falls down after being tackled by a Syrian player during an Olympic qualifier in Amman on Feb. 5. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
AMMAN -- Forced to play away from home due to escalating unrest, Syria stunned Asian heavyweight Japan 2-1 on Feb. 5 to boost its chances of qualifying for the London Olympics.
Swashbucklers 'king of entertainment' in post-occupation Japan
Visitors at the Toei Kyoto Studio Park in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, watch a sword fighting show. (Yoshiaki Hiraide)
Shinsuke Yamane of comedy group Chanbara Trio tells his disciples to keep the waist low when they emulate a Japanese-style sword fighting performance known as "chanbara." That...