A translation of material related to the Uchine, the Japanese Throwing Arrow, a weapon carried by Samurai when they travelled by palanquin. Originating as a weapon of last resort for archers whose bowstring had broken, the Uchine evolved into a close-quarters combat weapon as well as a self-defense weapon when traveling. Includes the origin of this surprising weapon as well as throwing techniques by Fujita Seiko, the 14th headmaster of the Koga School of Ninjutsu. Several blueprints for Throwing Arrow construction from Edo Era documents are included.
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Samurai tells the story of the courageous and highly disciplined fighting men of this time, showing how they evolved from the primitive fighters of the seventh century into an invincible military caste with a fearsome reputation. In the early seventh century, the samurai rose to prominence during the struggles between the emperor and the military leaders (shogun). They took part in the invasion of Korea, as well as helping to keep Japan free from foreign influence. From the Heian period through to the Onin wars, the history of the samurai is replete with tales of heroism and bloodshed. Although the samurai is most famous for his use of the sword, he also used a wide variety of other weapons, such as the crossbow, the dagger and the spear. Samurai armour and costume were constantly evolving, and by the twelfth century most samurai were wearing the box-like yoroi armour. Samurai examines samurai fighting tactics, as well as acts such as ritual suicide (hari-kiri) and the taking of enemy heads as trophies.
Glimpse into the history of different castles around the world, the dramatic battles to conquer them, and the weapons that defended and defeated them. Travel through time and venture into the wonderful world of castles, from the earliest wooden fortresses to medieval stone strongholds. Cross continents to see castles perched on perilous clifftops, standing by wave-lashed coasts, and even a castle inside a cave. With stunning illustrations of 29 castles from around the globe, see how these structures would have looked at the height of their power. Discover the key features of each and see inside important parts with cross-sections. Join the residents at key moments in time; lay siege to Kumamoto Castle during the Satsuma Rebellion and escape from Oxford Castle on ice skates with Empress Matilda. Learn why castles were built, and find out about different aspects of castle life, from defences to heraldry, and see how many of the castles look inside today. Castles is a fact-packed, modern look at a classic topic. Perfect for young fans of castles, knights, and battles, this children's ebook will captivate any budding archaeologists and historians.