Swordsmith Unveils New Blade For Sumo Star Kisenosato

Swordsmith unveils new blade for sumo star KisenosatoSumo grand champion Kisenosato is used to putting opponents to the sword, but now he is literally going to get a blade to call his own.
But opponents need not fear--he's not going to be using the weapon to slice them up like sashimi.

Samurai Ace Sugano Aims To Make Up For Absence Of Otani

Samurai ace Sugano aims to make up for absence of OtaniYomiuri Giants ace Tomoyuki Sugano was composed as he spoke about the moment he heard two-way star Shohei Otani of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters would not be able to pitch in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
“I understand how eager he was to play [in the WBC],” Sugano said after Day 1 of training camp with the national team, nicknamed Samurai Japan.

Baseball: Samurai Japan Crushed By Taiwan All-stars In Pre-wbc Game

Baseball: Samurai Japan crushed by Taiwan all-stars in pre-WBC gameLin Chih-ping went 4-for-5 to lead a 17-hit attack as the Taiwanese all-star team beat the Japan national baseball team 8-5 in an exhibition game on Tuesday.
Samurai Japan took a 2-1 lead into the third inning, but Wang Po-jung hit a go-ahead two-run homer off Rakuten Eagles right-hander Takahiro Norimoto in the top half to turn the tide in favor of the visitors before a crowd of 22,477 at Yafuoku Dome in Fukuoka.

Photo: The Yomiuri Shimbun Samurai Up

Photo: The Yomiuri Shimbun Samurai UpThe Yomiuri Giants’ Tomoyuki Sugano, center, and other pitchers of the Samurai Japan national baseball team practice defense on Thursday, the first day of training camp in Miyazaki. The team is aiming to repeat its 2009 championship win in the second World Baseball Classic with victory in the fourth WBC in March.

Sakamoto Aims To Drive Yomiuri, Samurai Japan

Sakamoto aims to drive Yomiuri, Samurai JapanIn his third year as the Yomiuri Giants’ captain, Hayato Sakamoto is now at ease in his actions as the leader.
“All right, let’s go,” Sakamoto shouted as he energetically raced up the stairs at Kirishima Sunmarine Stadium Miyazaki on Feb. 2 at the head of a line of players. Thirteen teammates, mostly inexperienced players, repeatedly dashed up and down the stairs in the right wing of the stadium. They followed Sakamoto as if they were propelled by the captain, who wore a confident look as he worked out.

Aoki Brings Experience To Samurai Japan

Aoki brings experience to Samurai JapanThrough five seasons in the major leagues, outfielder Norichika Aoki never distanced himself from his roots across the Pacific. The aura of the Hinomaru looms large in his preparations for his first season with a new club.
“No matter what the situation is, I will be happy to participate,” Aoki told Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo last summer, when Kokubo visited him to sound him out about playing for Japan in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Were Japanese Samurai Really Secret Christians?

Were Japanese Samurai Really Secret Christians?Is it possible that hundreds of Japanese Samurai were actually secret Christians who expressed their faith with codes hidden in their sword hilts? As far as the new findings of The Sawada Miki Kinenkan museum in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan are concerned, the answer is "yes."

Rarely-seen Samurai Weaponry Finally Goes On Display

Rarely-Seen Samurai Weaponry Finally Goes on DisplayMost people think of samurai as fierce swordsmen attuned to violence, but the artifacts currently on display in Samurai: The Way of the Warrior at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville reveal a commitment to impeccable craftsmanship as well as deadly force. On loan from the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy, the exhibition boasts a priceless collection of ceremonial suits of armor, handscrolls, katanas (swords), and other samurai-related relics rarely seen outside of Japan.

First Clear Portrait Found Of Top Edo Period Swordsman

First clear portrait found of top Edo Period swordsmanThe first clear portrait of a famed swordsman who survived the bloody end to the Edo Period (1603-1867) and later became a policeman has been found by his descendants.
Saito Hajime (1844-1915) was considered one of the top samurai of his generation and, along with famed swordsman Okita Soji, was a leading member of the Shinsengumi, a special security corps that was formed in Kyoto to protect the Tokugawa Shogunate during the mid-19th century.

Usj Set To Stage Samurai Era Spectacle Using Osaka Castle

USJ set to stage samurai era spectacle using Osaka CastleUniversal Studios Japan is set to hold its first outdoor spectacular away from the theme park here with a dazzling show about the siege of Osaka Castle in the 17th century.
USJ said the event, titled “Sengoku the Real at Osaka Castle,” will involve images beamed on to the walls of Osaka Castle as well as fireworks, music and live performances. It will run from December through March next year.

Samurai Hustle Returns

Samurai Hustle ReturnsMasaatsu Naito (Kuranosuke Sasaki) successfully completes Sankin-kotai (required ritual to visit the shogun). On his way home, he hears that an insurrection by peasants has taken place in his hometown of Yunagaya. Masaatsu Naito knows that it is a counterattack by Matsudaira. He returns to Yunagaya, but finds that his castle is gone.

Okita Soji

Okita SojiOkita Sōji, (1842 or 1844 – July 19, 1868) was the captain of the first unit of the Shinsengumi, a special police force in Kyoto during the late shogunate period. He was one of the best swordsmen of the Shinsengumi.

Otomo Sorin

Otomo SorinŌtomo Sōrin (January 31, 1530 – June 11, 1587), also known as Fujiwara no Yoshishige and Ōtomo Yoshishige, was a Japanese feudal lord (daimyo) of the Ōtomo clan, one of the few to have converted to Roman Catholicism (Christianity). The eldest son of Ōtomo Yoshiaki, he inherited the Funai Domain, on Kyūshū, Japan's southernmost main island, from his father. He is perhaps most significant for having appealed to Toyotomi Hideyoshi to intervene in Kyūshū against the Shimazu clan, thus spurring Hideyoshi's Kyūshū Campaign of 1587.