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  Topic: NOTICE: The Forum is Moving - please read
Thunberg

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PostForum: Oshirase   Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:39 am   Subject: NOTICE: The Forum is Moving - please read
Signed up Smile
  Topic: Ancient Assssins Ninjer and 47 Ronin on 11/7
Thunberg

Replies: 7
Views: 7967

PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:26 am   Subject: Ancient Assssins Ninjer and 47 Ronin on 11/7
They can both be viewed on youtube now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SwtYvgkJsA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPiB4lha0T8

Interestingly there were some of the common misconceptions they d ...
  Topic: Ancient Assssins Ninjer and 47 Ronin on 11/7
Thunberg

Replies: 7
Views: 7967

PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:39 pm   Subject: Ancient Assssins Ninjer and 47 Ronin on 11/7
Cummins himself didn't have high hopes for the documentary:

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=148767965177322&story_fbid=747236145330498
  Topic: Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior
Thunberg

Replies: 5
Views: 5934

PostForum: Japanese Entertainment   Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:49 am   Subject: Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior
Jonathan Dresner at Frog in a Well have written reviews for the first three books.

http://www.froginawell.net/japan/2009/05/young-samurai-harry-potter-bushido/
http://www.froginawell.net/japan/201 ...
  Topic: Samurai Headhunters
Thunberg

Replies: 10
Views: 10795

PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:47 pm   Subject: Samurai Headhunters
Preview videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2DsfR3bNd4

The shows webpage:
http://untoldhistory.tv/samurai-headhunters/

Apparently they have also made an episode on female samurai warriors ...
  Topic: 47 Ronin trailer
Thunberg

Replies: 48
Views: 36431

PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:24 am   Subject: 47 Ronin trailer
Based on what I've read from the internet articles on this movie, it was designed as a 47 Ronin movie from the ground up. But the film was plagued with problems from the beginning, because the studio ...
  Topic: 47 Ronin trailer
Thunberg

Replies: 48
Views: 36431

PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:50 pm   Subject: 47 Ronin trailer
It is mind boggling that moviemakers want to make a movie based on an historical incident and then go out of their way to move as far away from that as possible. But it's the old "Hey! What title ...
  Topic: Warrior Graveyard: Samurai-Back From The Dead
Thunberg

Replies: 6
Views: 7094

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:14 am   Subject: Warrior Graveyard: Samurai-Back From The Dead
It's up on Youtube now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeaVb08PiSA

Flashy, flying, sword fights with anachronistic armour aside, it's interesting to see results from forensic anthropology on ol ...
  Topic: Tanegashima questions
Thunberg

Replies: 90
Views: 68993

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:22 am   Subject: Tanegashima questions
That's what happens when you have a handful of people to do a task, rather than the thousands or more of when you outsource it to the public. For all of my participation here, I've never authored one ...
  Topic: Tanegashima questions
Thunberg

Replies: 90
Views: 68993

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:54 am   Subject: Tanegashima questions
I must have wrote the core of the Teppo article 11 years ago so it may be outdated (thanks editors) but the procedure to make aa matchlock gun is simple, compared to say making a marble statue of Davi ...
  Topic: Tanegashima questions
Thunberg

Replies: 90
Views: 68993

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:46 am   Subject: Tanegashima questions
Buy and read the book BEFORE reviewing it.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0879237732/ref=tmm_pap_used_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=used&qid=1006228001&sr=1-1

Before anyone repeats ...
  Topic: Tanegashima questions
Thunberg

Replies: 90
Views: 68993

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:24 am   Subject: Tanegashima questions
]Have you actually read the book, do you have a copy, if so can you or anyone here articulate a clear precise reason why you believe the facts contained in the book are false. How about a quote from t ...
  Topic: Trap doors in armor to dole out cash?
Thunberg

Replies: 20
Views: 16933

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:13 am   Subject: Trap doors in armor to dole out cash?
I wonder how you would store coins or anything else for that matter inside the trap doors. Carrying pouches inside the armour perhaps? As ltdomer98 said, it would be inconvenient, fidgeting with the c ...
  Topic: Tanegashima questions
Thunberg

Replies: 90
Views: 68993

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:31 am   Subject: Tanegashima questions
The books have been mentioned in some other threads in addition to the podcast, you can search for them. Simplified it's something like this: "the samurai gave up a technology they saw as harmful ...
  Topic: Trap doors in armor to dole out cash?
Thunberg

Replies: 20
Views: 16933

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:31 am   Subject: Trap doors in armor to dole out cash?
I found the article with Google
and 25-plus Japanese matchlock guns date to 1650.
Definitely fishy, everyone knows that the Tokugawa shogunate banned guns Just Kidding
  Topic: Tanegashima questions
Thunberg

Replies: 90
Views: 68993

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:45 am   Subject: Tanegashima questions
It's not "ready, AIM, fire," it's "ready, LEVEL, fire."

If I remember correctly, that varied over time, som drill manuals would have the command aim, while some had level. I don ...
  Topic: Tanegashima questions
Thunberg

Replies: 90
Views: 68993

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:10 am   Subject: Tanegashima questions
I'm actually doubting that the "converted" gun was actually converted at all, and wasn't simply a bolt action styled like an older matchlock.

I didn't think of that. You're probably right ...
  Topic: A beginner's dilemma
Thunberg

Replies: 19
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PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:52 am   Subject: A beginner's dilemma
How is Turnbulls "Warriors of Medieval Japan"? It's one of the few books about samurai any of my local libraries have. I have leafed through it a little bit. It seemed quite good and it's fr ...
  Topic: Tanegashima questions
Thunberg

Replies: 90
Views: 68993

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:48 am   Subject: Tanegashima questions
The first I have question is about Noel Perrin's "Giving Up the Gun", which most people here seems to know about and how its main premise is inaccurate. One fact that I have seen quoted from ...
  Topic: Roman-made glass beads found from a 5th century Kofun
Thunberg

Replies: 4
Views: 5519

PostForum: Ancient Japan to Heian   Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:27 am   Subject: Roman-made glass beads found from a 5th century Kofun
It also doesn't mean that Japan and anything resembling direct contact with Rome. The glass could have passed through several hands before it found its way to Japan.

Guessed as much, despite peopl ...
  Topic: Roman-made glass beads found from a 5th century Kofun
Thunberg

Replies: 4
Views: 5519

PostForum: Ancient Japan to Heian   Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:43 pm   Subject: Roman-made glass beads found from a 5th century Kofun
I have never heard of objects coming to Japan from the Silk road or vice versa, but it is possible if incredible. If those beads really are from Rome, I think it beats the 6th century Buddha statue fo ...
  Topic: A distorted view of firearms in Edo period Japan?
Thunberg

Replies: 8
Views: 10018

PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:37 am   Subject: A distorted view of firearms in Edo period Japan?
As I suspected, it seems like Noel Perrin is to blame:
http://books.google.se/books?hl=sv&id=qG2tPzkN6HUC&q=noel+perrin#v=snippet&q=giving%20up%20the%20gun&f=false
I cannot understan ...
  Topic: A distorted view of firearms in Edo period Japan?
Thunberg

Replies: 8
Views: 10018

PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 4:59 am   Subject: A distorted view of firearms in Edo period Japan?
Sounds a bit like Noel Perrin's Giving up the Gun was used as source. That one mentioned 10 000 guns at Nagashino and 3 000 of those as some kind of elite shooters IIRC (and also said that matchlock g ...
  Topic: Wikipedia fail
Thunberg

Replies: 25
Views: 14654

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:37 am   Subject: Wikipedia fail
Too bad we might never know where the original author got his portuguese invasions from though, would've been a hilarios read probably! Actually, it would make quite an interesting story if set in an ...
  Topic: Wikipedia fail
Thunberg

Replies: 25
Views: 14654

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:47 am   Subject: Wikipedia fail
Oda Nobunaga's forces had about 3000 conscript gunners behind palisades near the Rengogawa which played havoc with Katsuyori's cavalry charge. They were Japanese not Portuguese. Maybe it is just bad g ...
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