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Potato Chips for Artists: The Samurai & Ninja Action Scene Collection (Book Review)

I found something cool at the secondhand bookshop this week.

The Samurai & Ninja Action Scene Collection!  It was published by the same people who did the iconic “How to Draw Manga” series and is filled to the brim with photos of warriors in various period garb and poses, like this: 459 more words


Norimitsu Odachi: Japan's Longest Sword measured 377 Cm and weighed 14.5 Kg.

The Norimitsu Odachi is a huge Japanese sword, probably the largest ever forged on Japanese soil. Its dimensions are so impressive that they suggested the imaginative hypothesis that it belonged to a giant. 512 more words


History of Kendo

A few years ago I wrote about the history of Kendo. I recently updated the post and submitted it as a Taiken article which they approved. 20 more words


Old School Review: Rashomon (1950)

Written by Shinobu Hashimoto and Akira Kurosawa, and directed by Kurosawa, “Rashomon” is a film about the complexities of human nature surrounding a murder with four contradictory eye-witness accounts. 509 more words


"Six-String Samurai"

There are many different kinds of cult movies. There are those that are so specifically targeted at one particular sensibility that it’s nearly impossible for anyone but a handful to appreciate it, like “ 863 more words


Smoke & Sand (Preview)

The following are the first paragraphs of my current short story project…

“Thank… hell those bastards didn’t… crush my… smoke!” Radio, still catching his breath, stops running now. 313 more words

Kamedonian Writings

Kyoto Samurai Experience

My brothers loved this two hour exploration of Japanese swords, bushido and Japanese military history in an old samurai house in Kyoto. Highly recommended if travelling with anyone who is remotely interested in Japanese samurai history, … 196 more words