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Types of Samurai

1–2 Shaku for Shōtō (小刀
1–2 Shaku for Shōtō (小刀

1 shaku or less for tantō (knife or dagger). 1–2 shaku for Shōtō (小刀: ... The Japanese Sword, the Soul of the Samurai. V&A Publications. ...

11 Asuka and Nara Periods
11 Asuka and Nara Periods

The Asuka Period. The Taika (Great Change) reform occurs: imperial prince Naka-no-Ôe (the emperor Tenchi) and Nakatomi Kamatari sieze control of the government from the Soga and begin a sweeping reorganization.

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12 Heian Period
12 Heian Period

The Heian Period is an important time in the history of the martial arts as it represents the establishment of a new social class in Japan, a class of samurai warriors.

14 Ashikaga Shogunate
14 Ashikaga Shogunate

The Ashikaga shogunate (足利幕府, Ashikaga bakufu, 1336–1573), also known as the Muromachi shogunate (室町幕府, Muromachi bakufu), was a dynasty originating from one of the plethora of Japanese daimyōs which governed Japan from 1338 to 1573, the year in which Oda Nobunaga deposed Ashikaga Yoshiaki.

15 Sengoku Period
15 Sengoku Period

The Sengoku (lit. "warring states") period was a period civil war starting with the beginning of the Ônin War in 1467. Scholars differ on the exact dates, however. Some cite 1568, when Oda Nobunaga entered Kyoto, as marking the end of the Sengoku period, while others consider the end to be 1573, coinciding with the last Ashikaga shogun, and the end of the Muromachi period.

Date Masamune
Date Masamune

Date Masamune (伊達 政宗, September 5, 1567 – June 27, 1636) was a regional ruler of Japan's Azuchi–Momoyama period through early Edo period. Heir to a long line of powerful daimyōs in the Tōhoku region, he went on to found the modern-day city of Sendai.

Hattori Hanzo
Hattori Hanzo

Hattori Hanzō (服部 半蔵, ~1542 – November 4, 1596), also known as Hattori Masanari or Hattori Masashige (服部 正成), was a famous samurai of the Sengoku era, credited with saving the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu and then helping him to become the ruler of united Japan.

Honda Tadakatsu
Honda Tadakatsu

Honda Tadakatsu (本多 忠勝, March 17, 1548 – December 3, 1610), also called Honda Heihachirō (本多 平八郎), was a Japanese samurai, general (and later a daimyō) of the late Sengoku through early Edo periods, who served Tokugawa Ieyasu.

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Miyamoto Musashi
Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi (宮本 武蔵, c. 1584 – June 13, 1645), also known as Shinmen Takezō, Miyamoto Bennosuke or, by his Buddhist name, Niten Dōraku, was a Japanese swordsman, philosopher, writer and rōnin.

Modernization
Modernization

Hiroaki Sato, Legends of the Samurai (The Overlook Press, 1995), stories from Konjaku monogatari: pp. 19-21 (“The Duel”), 47-51 (“The Meaning of Revenge”), 71-79 (“Let Your Little Kid Be Stabbed”), and 88-90 (“The Silent One”).

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Shaku or More for Daitō
Shaku or More for Daitō

2 shaku or more for daitō (大刀) (long sword, such as katana or tachi). A blade shorter than one shaku is considered a tantō (knife). A blade longer than one shaku but less than two is considered a shōtō (short sword).

Shimazu Yoshihisa
Shimazu Yoshihisa

In Samurai Warriors 2, Yoshihisa first appears at Kyūshū fighting against the Toyotomi army. In the Toyotomi scenario, Yoshihisa is one of the enemy commanders to be defeated in order to claim victory. For the Shimazu forces, if Yoshihisa is beaten, it results in a loss for the Shimazu. He does not appear again until later stages.

Takeda Shingen
Takeda Shingen

Takeda Shingen has appeared in the highly popular Samurai Warriors and Sengoku Basara video game franchises, and in the anime Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings. He is a character in all of the games of the Warriors Orochi series.

Tokugawa Shogunate
Tokugawa Shogunate

The Tokugawa shogunate, also known as the Tokugawa bakufu (徳川幕府) and the Edo bakufu (江戸幕府), was the last feudal Japanese military government, which existed between 1600 and 1868. The head of government was the shōgun, and each was a member of the Tokugawa clan.

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Uesugi Kenshin
Uesugi Kenshin

Uesugi Kenshin (上杉 謙信, February 18, 1530 – April 19, 1578) was a daimyō who was born as Nagao Kagetora, and after the adoption into the Uesugi clan, ruled Echigo Province in the Sengoku period of Japan. He was one of the most powerful daimyōs of the Sengoku period.

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