Saturday, 30 May 2020

Category: History. Adventures. Personal Experience

Daimyo and Samurai

Daimyo and Samurai. Castle Builders

The modern Japanese castles presented in this book were built by daimyo in the late sixteenth century. Daimyo were lords of the samurai and vassals of the shogun, the supreme military ruler. Samurai were military gentry educated and trained in martial arts, horsemanship and cultural pursuits. Meaning ‘one who serves,’ samurai lived according to a strict ethical code of bravery, […]

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Japanese Castle

The Design of a Japanese Castle

The Japanese castle reached its developmental peak during the early seventeenth century. The power struggle between the Toyotomi and Tokugawa camps during the Momoyama period (1575–1600) stimulated the construction of hundreds of castles. The enormous quantity of materials and manpower needed for these increasingly complex fortresses were supplied by local farmers, merchants and samurai, as […]

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The Samurai Code of Honor

The Samurai Code of Honor

The Truth of Samurai Code of Honor One of my main objectives is to bring about a more realistic understanding of Japanese and samurai honor. The version the world understands is the version of pre- and post-Second World War. The twentieth century saw the samurai image being used in Japan and the rest of the […]

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Secrets of the Samurai

Secrets of the Samurai. The Way of the Warrior

The Samurai The Way of the Warrior Everybody has heard of bushido – the way of the warrior – but many people think of it as a modern invention because a man called Nitobe Inazo wrote the book Bushido in English in 1900 in response to questions about society in Japan. However, that is simply not true. While the […]

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Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura. A Magic Island with a Rich History.

Are you still dreaming to wake up in a paradise? Of course, it depends what you call a paradise. Anyway, we have something really magical to offer you. In the Atlantic Ocean a hundred kilometres from the western tip of Africa there is an island Fuerteventura. Have you ever heard about it? Fuerteventura is one […]

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