Tag: bushido

Kendo practice Keiko in the sunset

Tozando 2019 Essay contest Winner: Kendo as a way of life is hard

This article by Mihai Dutescu takes a look at the objectives of kendo and why we should embrace the difficulty that lies ahead on our chosen path. Kendo as a way of life is hard Choosing to practice kendo as a way of life as opposed to only a sport Read More

The samurai ate much like everyone else, but not everything was on the menu.

Forbidden Food for Samurai

Nowadays, people usually eat three times a day, and we are strongly advised not to skip breakfast.  By the Meiji era, the three-meal-a-day custom was already in place, but during the Sengoku period two meals a day was the norm.  It was quite random, as sometimes there would only be Read More

Harakiri - Samurai cutting his own belly

Seppuku – why did the samurai cut their own stomachs?

Seppuku was a practice only if you were samurai, and it was considered a method in which one died with honor.

But why did the samurai, in the name of “dying an honorable death” choose such a method?

Samurai holding a naked Japanese sword Katana blade

A Samurai’s Working Schedule

A 5 working day week has become the norm in Japan, but the concept of a “day off” is a something that was only introduced into Japan in the Meiji era. Up until the Edo period, there was no concept of a “week”, and therefore no “days off”. In other Read More

Illustration of Samurai drawing his sword

Burei-uchi – Samurai Defending their Honor with their Lives

When you watch historical plays, you often see a scene in which commoner touches a samurai’s shoulder, whereupon the samurai immediately draws his sword and cuts him down. This is called “burei-uchi”, meaning “striking for improper manners”. Another term used is “Kirisute Gomen” which means “permission to cut down”. There Read More

Japanese Language and Samurai Aesthetics

We have written a number of entries about how the katana appears in many Japanese idioms, these gained gained a great response from our readers. Therefore, we decided to take things a little broader, focusing not only on the sword but on the “samurai” as we explore more idiomatic expressions. Read More

Tozando collaborates with film producer Yasuo Mikami on his latest movie “Shundo”

Commentary A long-awaited period film depicting the culture of bushido with heart-racing action and realistic sword fights! “Bushido”(original Japanese title: Shundo) is an authentic period film brimming with tension and bloody samurai sword-fight scenes. Regarded as representing the pinnacle of Japanese independent films, this work was written and directed by Read More