Category: Japan

The Great Fire of Meireki

One of the greatest disasters in Japanese history, began in the Japanese capital city of Edo on March 2, 1657. Legend has it that the fire was accidentally started by a priest who was supposedly trying to cremate a cursed kimono. The kimono had been owned in succession by three teenage girls who all died […]

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Onna-bugeisha – the female samurai

Some of the most mighty and fearsome Japanese warriors were the Onna-bugeisha. Their family backgrounds differ from noblewomen to peasant farmers. They were members of the bushi (samurai) class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honor in times of war. An eight century span […]

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Pearl Harbour…. Welcome to the War, America!

On 7th December 1941, at shortly before 8am, Japan launched an attack on the US Naval fleet based at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. America at that point were maintaining their stance of neutrality, however due to interests of USA, Britain and the Netherlands specifically, in Southeast Asia, Japan had decided that interference from those countries was […]

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