In 2006, Nippon Television's Top 100 Historical Persons in Japan viewer-selected reenactment educational series ranked Bakumatsu period anti-shogunate samurai revolutionary Ryōma Sakamoto at #2, behind only nation-unifying warlord Oda Nobunaga. He's inspired a host of anime characters, including Gintama's Tatsuma Sakamoto. Now, his beloved sword is being exhibited for the first time in 86 years.
Isao Machii is a master swordsman who is considered somewhat of a modern samurai, so it's no surprise to learn his skill at slicing and dicing things in mid-air is second to none. He was previously shown cutting up shrimp and fruit like a real-life Fruit Ninja, and his latest showcase is even more impressive. Hit the jump for more.
Katana-danshi, an upcoming photo art book from Libre Publishing, explores the "boy's love" possibilities of period samurai costuming. Hit the jump to learn more.
The mind of a samurai isn't only filled with thoughts of slashing down foes on the battlefield. There's also room for kitties. At least, that's the premise of the TV period drama / comedy Neko Zamurai, which is getting a second season in April of 2015. Hit the jump to learn more.
Some of you may have heard of the Sanada clan in Ueda during the Warring States Period. One of the most famous Sanada is Yukimura! The city that is famous for Sanada clan's Ueda Castle, Ueda city in Nagano holds an annual festival in April. The festival's samurai parade is open to any volunteers! Get the details after the jump!
Meet Ieyasu, Nobunaga and Keiji in person! The city of Nagoya's own performance group, "Nagoya Omotenashi Busho Tai" ("Nagoya Samurai Performers") is offering more than a dry, basic tour for visitors of the city. Read on for more details and the video of a surprise visitor at Nagoya Castle!
In 2010, a "My Ryoma Illustration" art exhibit toured Japan, offering 50 manga artists' interpretations of 19th century samurai and modernizer Sakamoto Ryōma. The exhibit will be revived starting January 27th to raise funds to support the victims of the March 2011 earthquake. See some of the art after the jump.
The Japanese version trailer of the martial arts action film BUNRAKU, featuring J-rock star GACKT, was posted on YouTube this week. This movie is GACKT's Hollywood debut as actor. Of course the JP trailer and poster more focus on him than the US counterparts. The movie is slated for release in Japanese theaters on January 14, 2012. Check the differences after the jump.
After some slow months, Dark Horse's latest round of release solicitations proves to be rather fruitful for manga readers, with two CLAMP books, including their new Gate 7 and debut of violent sci-fi Gantz's "black" phase. Check out the details after the jump.