Category Archives: Muromachi Period

The beginnings of Japanese Feudalism: The institutions of Jito and Shugo

In the aftermath of the Gempei war, Minamoto Yoritomo succeeded in his aim of setting up a seat of centralised power at Kamakura to rival the established bureaucracy in Kyoto. Having done this, however, Yoritomo was faced with two major … Continue reading

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Homosexuality in Feudal Japan

Homosexual practices are an integral aspect of samurai culture that is often overlooked or dismissed in studies of the Japanese warrior classes. Getting the fundamentals out of the way first, homosexuality between men was, in most cases, acceptable and widely … Continue reading

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For the love of the Japanese sword

It is because we love things that we must be brutally honest about them. What is a Japanese sword? A steel bar with a blade and a point. That’s it. Now before I have a thousand people screaming at me … Continue reading

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