Sign of Spring -Toko Shinoda (b. 1913), calligrapher is known as a master of the intricate manner of writing tracing back 3000 years. She began creating abstract work in 1947. A two-year stay in New York in the 1950s introduced her to the work of abstract expressionists and inspired her to go beyond the traditional boundaries of controlled calligraphy and use expansive, dynamic brush strokes (...) slashing across the paper’s surface, carving out a landscape inhabited by both warrior and…
End of the Samurai: Stunning portraits of Japan’s warrior class captures men at the height of their power before 19th century demise
Kendo (剣道 kendō?), meaning "Way of The Sword", is a modern Japanese martial art of sword-fighting descended from traditional swordsmanship (kenjutsu) which originated with the samurai class of feudal Japan. Swordsmen in Japan established schools of kenjutsu (the ancestor of kendo) which continued for centuries and which form the basis of kendo practice today.
"I can tell you with no ego, this is my finest sword. If on your journey, you should encounter God, God will be cut." *I wanna say that this is not an actual quote attributed to the Sengoku era samurai known as the 'Demon' Hattori Hanzo. Since he wasn't actually a swordsmith at any point in his life, I don't think.*