Yamabuki's World -- 12th Century Japan

Yamabuki travels from the Taka compound to the capital of Heian-kyo.

22 December 2015 · Katherine M. Lawrence

Yamabuki’s Sword — historic blade from her era and her swordmaker

Few swords survive from the period in and around the Gempei War and Yamabuki’s era.

23 January 2015 · Katherine M. Lawrence

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 other day I presented a map of the Isle of Unknown Fire, which today is called Kyushu and it the southern-most of Japan’s four main isles....

20 January 2015 · Katherine M. Lawrence
Usagi and woman kiss

Usagi Yojimbo -- Rabbit Bodyguard


18 January 2015 · Katherine M. Lawrence

Samurai Armor of the Yamabuki era

The armor was light, which allowed the warrior to move, and heavy enough to withstand arrows.

17 January 2015 · Katherine M. Lawrence