Japanese Weapons

Katana

Katana

The katana [ka.ta.na] ( Japanese 刀) is the Japanese long sword (Daitō 大刀). In Japanese common today, the term is also used...
Kunai

Kunai

A kunai (苦無 kunai) is a Japanese tool from the Sengoku period. Originally used as an agricultural implement, a kunai in the...
Sai

Sai

Sai (釵) is the Ryukyu name for a traditional Okinawan weapon[1] also used in India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Its form...
Chokutō

Chokutō

A chokutō (直刀, lit. "straight sword") is an uncurved straight Japanese sword produced before the tenth century. Chokutō are used on foot...
Yoroi dōshi

Yoroi dōshi

The yoroi dōshi (鎧通し), "fora armor" or "fora mesh", was a Japanese sword (nihontō) used by the samurai class as a weapon...
Uchigatana

Uchigatana

An uchigatana (打刀) is a type of Japanese sword used by the samurai class in feudal Japan. The uchigatana was the descendant...
Ōdachi

Ōdachi

An ōdachi (大太刀), meaning "great/thick sword", was a type of Japanese greatsword. The term nodachi, or "battle sword", which refers to a...
Yari

Yari

Yari (槍) is the Japanese term for the spear, more specifically the straight-bladed spear. The martial art of mastering the yari is...
Tachi

Tachi

The tachi (太刀 or older 大刀) is a sword possessing a curved blade of about 70 cm, precursor of the classical Japanese...
Shuriken

Shuriken

The shuriken (手裏剣) is a traditional Japanese throwing weapon, which is used in shurikenjutsu. This martial art is an integral part of...
Shinai

Shinai

The shinai (竹刀) is the weapon used in kendo practice. It is composed of four bamboo blades (or synthetic materials such as...
Masakari

Masakari

Masakari (jap. 鉞) in Japanese refers to a large axe (commonly referred to as an ono), such as those used to cut...
Kama

Kama

The kama (jap. 鎌, engl. "sickle") is a sickle-like tool that was used for planting and harvesting rice.A secondary use is as...
Daishō

Daishō

The daishō (大小, literally "big-small)" is a Japanese term for the traditional pair of swords carried by samurai in the feudal era....
Bokken

Bokken

The bokken (木剣, literally "wooden sword") or bokutō (木刀, the name generally used in Japan) is a Japanese wooden sword imitating the...
Bō Hiya

Bō Hiya

The bō hiya (棒火矢 bō hiya) is the Japanese version of the fire arrow. The bō hiya was used in feudal Japan...
Sodegarami

Sodegarami

Sodegarami's Description and appearance This weapon is made of sturdy wood and is equipped with a head made of iron. The attachment...
Sasumata

Sasumata

The sasumata (刺股 bifurcated spear) is a Japanese weapon used primarily by samurai police forces and for self-defense in feudal Japan. The...
Naginata

Naginata

The naginata (なぎなた, 薙刀) is a pole weapon and one of several varieties of traditionally made Japanese blades (nihonto). The naginata was...
Nagamaki

Nagamaki

The nagamaki (長巻) is a Japanese weapon that was popular between the 11th and 14th centuries. It is a hast weapon with...
Bisento

Bisento

A bisento is a type of Japanese pole weapon derived from the Chinese "dao" sabers, and consists of a wide and curved...
Tantō

Tantō

The tantō is a short edged weapon12 similar to a single or double-edged dagger with a blade length between 15 and 30...
Kaiken

Kaiken

The kaiken (懐剣) is a small Japanese sword, smaller than the tantō, which is more like a knife in size (about 15...
Tanegashima

Tanegashima

The tanegashima (種子島), also known as the hinawajū (火縄銃), was a type of arquebus introduced to Japan by the Portuguese in 1543....
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