Questions about keeping things tied underwater, and one about swimming a long, long way on a single breath. [more inside]
Asking for a friend: "I'm researching for my current WIP, and I'm stuck. I need to build a comprehensive picture of the social perceptions of disability in Japan, both currently and within Samurai culture. Help, anyone?"
I'm taking a class this year studying the history of samurai and was wondering why I didn't know of a Korean equivalent. I know we Koreans love martial arts and fighting just like the Japanese, judging by the dozens of sageuks produced every year. [more inside]
Recommendations of anime with identifiable/relatable characters? [more inside]
I like the Japanese sword fighting style in which the warrior wields a Shirasaya (a katana without a hand guard) and fights with a one-handed technique. The only two movies I know with characters like that are the Zatoichi movies and Ichi (and apparently Zatoichi was her father and teacher). Technically, Sasuke from Naruto Shippuuden fights like this as well. Can any one think of others?
There's something about an Edo period setting. Recommend to me some [more] books/movies/anime/video games. [more inside]
What was the actual predominant color of the robe worn by Toshiro Mifune in his role as wanna-be samurai Kikuchiyo for the black-and-white Kurosawa film Seven Samurai? The robe is light in tone as appears to be decorated with a pattern based on feathers or slender leaves. [more inside]
Hello hivemind! Does anyone know a place where you can find of traditional japanese ukiyo-e such as this only much bigger and with a bigger resolution? The idea is to have a /lot/ of fighting samurai. Thankyouverymuch you're all such lovely people. Kisses!
With any luck, I'm about to take ownership of my first car. I'm not particularly mechanically minded, what are the basic things I need to do to maintain it? [more inside]
How, in the name of all that is good and holy, exactly do I wear a hakama? [more inside]
I'm looking for the title of a Japanese TV serial, circa 1985. [more inside]
A friend recently told me about an old samurai movie he saw in high school. All he can remember about it is the basic points of the plot. The main character is a guy whose clan is killed by a rival clan of samurai. From what my friend tells me, the movie mostly consists of the main character training and preparing himself to get revenge. In the end, he goes to the rival clan and kills all of them except for their leader. The leader, in turn, kills the main character. I know it's vague, but does this plot sound familiar to anyone? What is the movie called?
NinjaFilter: Help me select a present for a Japanese-weapon-loving friend. [MI] [more inside]
I just rented The Last Samurai last night and really loved it. But it reminded me of a question I have every time I see a movie with battle scenes with horses (a la Braveheart). How do they get those horses to do all those horse "stunts"? They must inevitably break dozens if not hundreds of legs. Can horses be trained to fall as if shot? And doesn't the cacophony of all the explosions on the set freak them out?