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  Topic: Samurai Landed Titles
Jaak

Replies: 19
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PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 6:03 am   Subject: Samurai Landed Titles
Did Kamakura and Muromachi shogunates create formal ranks for their followers, separate from any ranks in the ritsuryo system that they got the imperial court to issue to these followers?
  Topic: Yamato clan?
Jaak

Replies: 8
Views: 4776

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 2:35 am   Subject: Re: Yamato clan?
I know the Yamato clan came to prominence in the 4th century AD in Japan, but what happened after their decline?


Where does the Yamato clan story come from?
I can't find it in Japanese web site ...
  Topic: Yamato clan?
Jaak

Replies: 8
Views: 4776

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:35 pm   Subject: Yamato clan?
There is no such thing as Yamato clan. The Imperial Family are never attested to having used it as their surname or dynastic name, and few others have ever done it, until recently.

In China, by the ...
  Topic: Group proposes to rebuild Edo castle tower
Jaak

Replies: 9
Views: 8286

PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:57 am   Subject: Interior
What was the Edo castle donjon interior like?
  Topic: Fate of Amami
Jaak

Replies: 4
Views: 3266

PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:50 am   Subject: Fate of Amami
The Amami Islands were annexed by Satsuma after conquest of Ryukyu. They had never before 1609 been subject to Satsuma, or Yamato.

Did Satsuma Domain, between 1611 and 1871, run Amami islands as an ...
  Topic: Provincial capital defences
Jaak

Replies: 0
Views: 2792

PostForum: Ancient Japan to Heian   Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:19 am   Subject: Provincial capital defences
Heian was undefended. The Rashomon gate was flanked by a few tens of metres of wall - and the rest of the city perimetre, 20 km or so, was merely demarcated with something like a pair of shallow ditch ...
  Topic: Value of Armour
Jaak

Replies: 22
Views: 22439

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:37 am   Subject: Value of Armour

I typed faster than my brain was going. But to put that in perspective, a middle class American in the 18th century would have to work roughly 110 years to purchase Kotetsu's work.

Taking for com ...
  Topic: Sculpture from swords?
Jaak

Replies: 1
Views: 1928

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:25 am   Subject: Sculpture from swords?
Hideyoshi Toyotomi famously requested the non-samurai to donate their arms to make a large Buddha image - supposedly in Asuka-dera temple in Nara.

Was the sculpture completed?
  Topic: Reasons for Sengoku Jidai?
Jaak

Replies: 24
Views: 10857

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:04 pm   Subject: Reasons for Sengoku Jidai?
Out of the provincial warlords, how many marched to Kyoto either to rebel alongside Yamana Sozen or to support Hosokawa Katsumoto once Ashikaga Yoshimasa had chosen to declare Yamana the rebel, and ho ...
  Topic: Exterior of the swordsmith`s workshop / Kamakura
Jaak

Replies: 2
Views: 3398

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:41 am   Subject: Exterior of the swordsmith`s workshop / Kamakura
What are Japanese smithies structurally made of? Given that smithing is a source of fire danger?

Storehouses (kura) which are intended for keeping valuables against fire and not living were commonl ...
  Topic: Respect for seppuku?
Jaak

Replies: 1
Views: 1794

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:08 am   Subject: Respect for seppuku?
Unless a kaishakunin is assisting with beheading, seppuku is painful AND slow cause of death. At a minimum, death should be caused by bleeding from various blood vessels in belly - and could it be eve ...
  Topic: "Hello Kitty" Festival Wear
Jaak

Replies: 7
Views: 4663

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:40 pm   Subject: "Hello Kitty" Festival Wear

At the big crossjunction of the subways in Paris Les Halles, there were 10 to 20 teenagers disguised with very elaborate manga costumes and most of them were holding fake japanese swords...scarry : ...
  Topic: Preserved tsurugi
Jaak

Replies: 10
Views: 7596

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:33 am   Subject: Preserved tsurugi
Has Kusanagi original left Atsuta shrine since 686 (when it was returned there because keeping it in palace caused illness)?
  Topic: Census of Yamatai
Jaak

Replies: 5
Views: 4363

PostForum: Ancient Japan to Heian   Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:21 pm   Subject: Census of Yamatai
Willy Wayne Farris, in a couple of books he's done on Japan's population, has a chart taken from another scholar's research that gives Japan's population in the Yayoi period as being around 600,000. T ...
  Topic: Preserved tsurugi
Jaak

Replies: 10
Views: 7596

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:40 pm   Subject: Preserved tsurugi
Of course all descriptions of Kusanagi are very old - but is Kusanagi understiood to be an iron sword or a bronze one?
  Topic: Census of Yamatai
Jaak

Replies: 5
Views: 4363

PostForum: Ancient Japan to Heian   Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:44 am   Subject: Census of Yamatai
At the time of Yamatai, both Tsuikai and Itai are expressly mentioned as getting rice from markets. Meaning that they must have had some other incomes to buy the rice with.

The population of Japan ...
  Topic: Census of Yamatai
Jaak

Replies: 5
Views: 4363

PostForum: Ancient Japan to Heian   Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:11 am   Subject: Census of Yamatai
The account can be consulted here:
http://www2.u-netsurf.ne.jp/~kojin/e-wajinden.html
Now, let´s check the data.

The countries listed with census and KNOWN borders (because islands):
Tsuikai:
...
  Topic: Castle and palace stables
Jaak

Replies: 7
Views: 4879

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 7:40 am   Subject: Castle and palace stables
A samurai is, by tradition, an archer on horseback.

The masses of lowly ashigaru could not afford horses and they were infantry - but the cavalry were the more noble branch.

Did samurai castles ...
  Topic: Why uphold loyalty?
Jaak

Replies: 1
Views: 3007

PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:07 pm   Subject: Why uphold loyalty?
Matsudaira family started with a small domain of Imagawa vassals. Even before Tokugawa Ieyasu was moved from his ancestral Sumpu, he had around a million koku - yet ended up with the whole Japan of ab ...
  Topic: Question about marriage between samurai families
Jaak

Replies: 11
Views: 8207

PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:33 pm   Subject: Question about marriage between samurai families
Uesugi Kenshin expressly had no daughter either. Among the listed adoptees, the only one whose marriage I found mentioned was Yuki Hideyasu, and he married his adoptive father´s niece, not daughter.
  Topic: Question about marriage between samurai families
Jaak

Replies: 11
Views: 8207

PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:28 am   Subject: Adopted sons-in-law
Out of the Tokugawa shoguns, several had no sons, but none appears to have adopted daughter´s husband:
Ietsuna, aged 38, was succeeded by brother Tsunayoshi
Tsunayoshi, aged 62, had no son and was ...
  Topic: Domains of Yamato Japan
Jaak

Replies: 1
Views: 2808

PostForum: Ancient Japan to Heian   Posted: Mon May 21, 2012 5:24 am   Subject: Domains of Yamato Japan
By the end of 6th century, the upper elite of Japan was concentrated at the Yamato court in Kinai. The participants in the fight for power, like Mononobe, Soga and Nakatomi clans, lived and fought at ...
  Topic: Edo palace descriptions
Jaak

Replies: 1
Views: 2610

PostForum: Japanese Art and Religion   Posted: Sun May 20, 2012 2:29 am   Subject: Edo palace descriptions
Edo Castle Honmaru palace and Ooku were turned over intact (and rather newly built after an accidental fire in 1863) when Edo castle surrendered in April 1868. They stood until an accidental fire in M ...
  Topic: Preserved tsurugi
Jaak

Replies: 10
Views: 7596

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Sun May 20, 2012 1:29 am   Subject: Preserved tsurugi
When did Japanese stop producing bronze swords?
  Topic: Who did daimyo love?
Jaak

Replies: 8
Views: 8043

PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Sat May 19, 2012 8:47 pm   Subject: Re: Who did daimyo love?


Under Buke Shohatto, the marriages of daimyo had to be approved by shogunate - meaning that the daimyo had not freely chosen their wives to begin with.

The value of a hostage, however, lies in ...
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