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Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan

Age of the Samurai “: Netflix Introduces Japanese Documentary Warrior Based on Producer’s Guide to The Dictator Netflix launches Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan, a documentary drama about the warring kingdoms of feudal Japan, which is described as a true Game of Thrones. The series is a co-production with the Smithsonian Institution in Canada, …

Higaonna Kanryo, the founder of Naha-te

After becoming a disciple of Master Ryu Ryuko, Higaonna Sensei helped his master at his trade during the day as a craftsman of bamboo. Training look place after dark starting with the practice of Sanchin. Then, lifting the Nigiri-game (heavy ceramic jars), by their rims, a student would practice Unsokuho (a pattern of stepping movements). …

Yamaoka Tesshu

Yamaoka Tesshu is a remarkable figure from the turbulent era that marked the beginning of modern Japan. He attained profound enlightenment at the age of forty-five and became aware of the hidden laws of martial arts with sword, zen, and calligraphy. Yamaoka Tesshu is an extremely versatile and prolific master: an incomparable sword fighter who …

Yukio Mishima – The Lost Samurai

Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) is widely considered as one of Japan’s most prolific writers of the twentieth century, as well as the first postwar Japanese writer to attain international acclaim. Mishima’s contribution to Japanese literature was deep, as he was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature three times and author of over forty novels, essays, …

Tokyo Vice – The new HBO Max series for The Yakuza

Tokyo Vice chronicles the story of American journalist Jake Adelstein (Baby Driver’s Ansel Elgort), who traveled to Tokyo in the 1990s and worked as a reporter for a local newspaper. Jake is the team’s first foreigner, which makes life difficult for him. He also aspires to be a crime reporter, which adds to the challenge. …

Japan’s Influence on ‘Star Wars’

Here are five ways that Japan has inspired the Star Wars franchise. We’ve done our best to keep spoilers to a minimum, but there may be a few surprises. Star Wars is a cultural behemoth, a media behemoth that spans film, television, novels, comics, toys, and much more. While Star Wars draws inspiration from a …

Emperor of Japan

The Emperor of Japan is the country’s head of state. It is “the symbol of the state and the unification of the people,” according to the country’s 1947 constitution. He was also the most authoritative Shinto figure in the past. The emperor is known in Japan as Тenno, which means “heavenly sovereign.” The Emperor of …

Festivals & Events in Kyoto

–  The Kyoto calendar is jam-packed with fun festivals and events. The following is a list of Kyoto’s most important and interesting annual festivals and events. The major festivals and events are listed here. Check out our monthly events pages for smaller, one-time events that you might be interested in. Simply use the search box …

Yakuza

Yakuza, sometimes known as gokud, are members of Japanese-based global organized criminal syndicates. The Japanese police and media refer to them as bryokudan at the behest of the police, but the yakuza refer to themselves as ninky dantai. The English counterpart of yakuza is gangster, which refers to a member of a Mafia-like criminal organization. …

Kofuin School By Yasufumi Kijima

This house, which situated at the foot of the majestic Mt. Aso, was formerly a Kumamoto auditorium. Yasufumi Kijima, an architect, relocated the former Kumamoto Higher Technical School Lecture Hall from the Kumamoto University campus to this location and converted it into his personal residence. Kijima obtained a teaching position at Kumamoto University after working …