June 29th is “Tsukudani Day,” a minor holiday for the fish-and-seaweed dish. It’s also the food that saved shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu’s life.
To this day, a rivalry exists between the northern Japanese prefectures of Aomori and Iwate. And its source? A bunch of trees.
He remade Japan, not with a sword, but with his wits. Read more about how a low ranking samurai brought down the Shogunate.
The story of the samurai who fought the rise of modern Japan to the end – and who, when all else failed, founded his own nation-state.
Subscribe to our free newsletter for a weekly digest of our best work across platforms (Web, Twitter, YouTube). Your support helps us spread the word about the Japan you don’t learn about in anime.