What happened on the fateful night of June 21st, 1582, that caused one of Oda Nobunaga’s faithful retainers to turn on him?
Saying “rōnin” in English conjures up images of cool, lone-wolf samurai. But in modern Japan, being a rōnin kinda sucks.
A massive earthquake struck northern Japan, damaging the famed statue of Date Masamune in Sendai. But Date – and Sendai – are nothing if not resilient.
In 1873, the newly-minted Meiji government banned the age-old practice of kataki-uchi: blood revenge. Seven years later, the son of a murdered samurai would take his vengeance nonetheless.
Faced with an epidemic, a forward-thinking group of doctors and samurai leaders launched a successful vaccination campaign in late Edo Japan.
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