A Woman Samurai in the Era of Genji

The Yamabuki series traces the adventures of a young samurai set shortly after the time of The Tale of Genji. It is in large part a homage to Genji’s author, Lady Murasaki, while never forgetting it is a head-on story of a warrior in the tradition of Japanese chambara (crashing swords) and jidaigeki (historical (i.e.... Continue Reading →

The World of Taira no Kiyomori

As a big fan of Japanese television, I have watched more than a historic drama or two. It is a rather Japanese style to introduce historic dramas by showing the films of historic places as they look today along with artifacts and scrolls. Think Ken Burns and The Civil War, if you are American. The... Continue Reading →

The royal carriage of Taka Yamabuki

Readers of Sword of the Taka Samurai, especially those tracing Taka Yamabuki through chapter 2 of Cold Blood are told of a royal carriage. Western readers sometimes picture something out of Cinderella--four horses and carriage out of Louis XIV. However, the Japanese carriage of the year 1165 was somewhat different. For example, it was pulled... Continue Reading →

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