SURVIVAL SITES-TOP 3. THE LEGEND RELOADED.

 

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GREETINGS FROM SHIRO...

 

Survival is an  ‘ ART ‘.

 

 

THE SAME can be said of MUSIC.

 

TO SET THE MOOD FOR THIS POST:

 

SHIRO SUGGESTS PLAYING THIS IN THE BACKGROUND.

 

NJOY

 SURVIVAL SITES-

 TOP 3

 

 THE LEGEND RELOADED

ARTICLE AND BONUS SLIDE-SHOWs… herein indeed.

THE SPEAR,..THE POINT, THE WAY, THE LEGEND. Along with the Bow+Arrow and Sword, The Spear,.. has long been a major part of the JAPANESE Martial Traditions and Ways. Basics, types and styles. Along with Japan's Legend of Origin, glossary and Slide-show... all points examined herein indeed. Including the TENGU... the olden ninja instructors who seem a part of the world-wide FALLEN ANGELS LEGACY. CLICK PHOTO TO SEEK AND FIND... THOSE POINTS INDEED.

THE SPEAR,..THE POINT, THE WAY, THE LEGEND. Along with the Bow+Arrow and Sword, The Spear,.. has long been a major part of the JAPANESE Martial Traditions and Ways. Basics, types and styles. Along with Japan’s Legend of Origin, glossary and Slide-show… all points examined herein indeed. Including the TENGU… the olden ninja instructors who seem a part of the world-wide FALLEN ANGELS LEGACY. CLICK PHOTO TO SEEK AND FIND… THOSE POINTS INDEED.

 

 

In a time of yore,..

 

The mist still hung low in the valley,

as a sleepy village emerges into view… in the dawns early light.

 

 

In amongst the trees that grew sparser as the valley floor began to flatten, on the trail;

 

there was movement,.. shadows in the mist.

 

 

The creatures of the night had long fled back to their cover, the burrows, nests and hidey-holes.

What remained… was not native to this,..

 

or any forest it seems.

 

Seeking easy prey,.. the mountain trail wound down and led

these shadows that move.

 

To the next village that lay beyond the approaching forest edge.

 

Where this mount ends,… and flat plains begin to stretch

across the land-scape onwards,..

 

to the next mount indeed.

 

A Village

…both fair and green.

 

 

At trails end… maybe a lil before

two,.. maybe three…

more shadows… could now, be seen.

 

The light of Earth,.. our SUN, was arising up now-

turning moving shadows… more and more,

 

into merely,..

… MEN.

 

 

Moving slowly indeed, as if a-fixed in one spot…

or going round in circles perhaps. The manly group of shadows flickered faintly now… back and forth, amongst those few still misted trees.

 

Those trees few,.. so close to forest’s edge and the flattened plains,

that then led on…

to the next village in dawn.

 

A Village,.. both fair and green.

 

This shadowy trio of MAN… milled and moved around.

Somewhat…

 

aimlessly,.. listlessly…

a waiting game it seems, kept them just there.

 

 

The wait was almost over as sun-rise cycled on.

The mist still pooled low, hugging both trees and men in shadow still.

 

Not yet,.. quite warm enough to rise and…

greet our SUN,.. this day… in early dawn.

 

Moving shadows above- moved as one…

a lower beeline,.. to the now quite visible three.

 

Many shadows now merged. Milled around a particular figure

who seemed even now.

 

To shine,.. and reflect a lot more light than…

the others around in dawn,.. this… misty day.

 

A Leader.

 

The Boss.

Leading such mount-bound, shadowy MEN…

so ever… further,..

astray.

 

To a Village,.. both fair and green.

 

 

This Leader, soon enough, cleared throat and glanced around,

tightened his grip

 

and gave them all gathered,.. a strident war-cry.

 

With answering whoops the shadowy band moved forward,

towards easy pickings it seemed this day. This morn.

 

Towards a Village,.. in mist and dawn.

 

A Village,..

both fair and green.

 

 

Towards easy pickings,… these shadows of men…

still this morn day,.. of this mount

in dawn.

 

Still now,..

day-dreamed of gaining ill-gotten riches.

Gained,.. easily and galore.

 

Gained from a Village,..

…just over there.

 

Gained,..

…leaving an innocent VILLAGE,..

 

life-less…

…life poor.

 

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Ahead of them the village dogs grew quickly restless,..

and almost in concert… in unison…

together first and last;

 

began to bark and howl.

 

With the mount… echoing all such…

…Barks… in return.

 

As then… our SUN,..

lit the misted mount path, in it’s,.. early dawn.

 

To a Village,.. with mount rolling fields.

 

To a Village… both fair and green.

 

 

The night watchman at the path gate,

though now tired and edgy,..

 

peered instantly still,..

and intently too…

thru the low mist… trying to see sharply see,.. ALL there.

 

Amongst those still misted, few,.. edge trees…

on that winding mount path.

 

This day,..

early in dawn… indeed.

 

 

He knew already… for

the village dogs so- …had told him,..

 

with voices o so roundly and roughly raised… it seems.

 

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Village dogs… of a home,..

 

A Village,.. both green and fair,..

 

home… indeed,..

just  over the mount path there.

 

On a day in mist, and in this… early dawn indeed…

from a Village,..

both fair and green.

 

 

With a first hesitant voice of his own- that grew more strident.

He shouted their name,..

 

BANDITS… BANDITS…

BANDITS…

 

As others took up,

and passed along the call… even as this, the village bell,

 

so sweetly tolled,..

amongst village… and winding path.

 

And those… o so rolling,.. misted…

…mount fields.

 

Of a Village,.. both fair… …and green.

 

DOES THE BELL TOLL FOR THEE... OR THOSE... BANDITO BANDITS INDEED.

DOES THE BELL TOLL FOR THEE… OR THOSE… BANDITO BANDITS INDEED.

 

He too,.. knowing full and well…

…of the preciousness of…

 

each and every…

…such and,.. early DAWN.

 

…EACH AND EVERY,..

day indeed. In our SUN’s healing light.

 

Tightened his grip.

… Too.

Just so.

Just… right.

 

A son and daughter both,.. were just…  right over there.

In a Village.

 

In a Village,.. both green and fair.

 

 

 

And smiled… as he now saw,..

the first of these moving shadows… turn into men.

As our SUN lit the home-world of this Village

in such an,.. early dawn.

 

A Village… with misted and mount rolling fields,

A Village… both fair and green.

 

 

Not so…

… because he enjoyed the FIGHT

 

for Bandits really only… bring that swift big shift.

 

On that infernal,.. and blessed…

Universal,.. Karmic Wheel.

 

… that’s down below,.. till blessed by Gods…

 

then…

way way way up there.

 

Away from this village.

A Village,..

 

both green and fair.

 

photocredit/thanks:cen

photocredit/thanks:cen

 

But so…

and because he knew… just knew, somehow…

inside,..

 

his village…

 

no…

tis,… …not just his.

 

This,…

 

fair and green FOR ALL-…

 

THIS…

 

Village …

would indeed still… SURVIVE.

 

This Village,..

with misted mount paths,.. those o so rolling fields.

 

A Village,.. both… fair and green.

 

 

 

This Village had long been ready.

On this dawn… and any early other…

it too seems.

 

SURVIVAL  plans and contingencies… all taken care of,

…in deed.

 

Indeed…

 

…and in fact,.. too.

 

At this Village,.. with mount rolling fields.

 

A Village misted,..

in our SUN’s… light and early dawn.

 

A Village,.. both fair… and green.

 

 

Of course,… and intended…

indeed… intended it seems,..

 

…having EVERYONE in this mount village-

living much more than,.. just… their dreams.

 

This Village both fair… and green.

This Village both green… and fair.

 

The one with mount rolling fields.

The one… just over the misted mount path…

just there… just over there.

 

A VILLAGE FOR ALL,.. it seems.

 

FOR ALL,..

AND HAVING EVERYONE,.. indeed… ALL INDEED…

 

 

Confidently and consistently,..

expertedly and enthusiastically.

 

 

Well-trained,.. in the ARTS of SELF-DEFENCE…

 

wasn’t a FRICKEN bad plan either.

After all…

it seems,.. indeed.!.

GO TRAIN.

photocredit/thanks:cen

photocredit/thanks:cen

GO TRAIN…

 

At a VILLAGE,.. both green and fair.

At a VILLAGE,.. both fair and green.

 

At a VILLAGE… just over there.

LEGENDs,.. INDEED.

 

(…and in fact… TOO.)

 

 

 KUNGFU VILLAGE.

 

Though the above may sound like a typical MARTIAL ARTS movie + mayhem plot;

 

There is in the REAL such a LEGENDARY village-

that took SURVIVAL as its main  defensive precept.

 

So these LEGENDS say.

 

In order to outfox the BANDITS… Man or Beast.

 

A KUNGFU VILLAGE (click)

that to this day… still survives.

Indeed and in fact.

 

photocredit/thanks:cen

photocredit/thanks:cen

 

THE VILLAGE OF GANXI DONG IN CHINA.

A MARTIAL ARTS VILLAGE.

 

A KUNG-FU VILLAGE INDEED.

OF BOTH FAIR AND GREEN… GREEN AND FAIR TOO.

 

MISTED MOUNT PATHS… AND ROLLING FIELDS.

LEGENDS.

 

INDEED IT SEEMS.

 

Pic shows: Some people practicing Kung Fu. Locals in this village have every reason to be proud of their martial arts skills, after all not only have they been practising for three centuries they even have a martial arts discipline named after them. And far from being a dying art, it's now so popular in Gundi village in Tianzhu County, in south-west China's Guizhou Province, that even the women and the children join in as well as the men. Despite its official name the village is better known as "kung fu village", as all of its residents have a habit of regularly practicing martial arts in the mornings and evenings. The 123 households comprise Dong people, one of China's many ethnic minorities, who have been living in the region for hundreds of years. The Dong even developed their own fighting technique known as the Black Tiger style, or "Heihuquan" in Chinese, which is characterised by its extensive footwork, acrobatic kicks, low, wide stance, and unique fist positioning. The fighting style also has a history of 300 years and has been kept alive with the regular practice sessions. As for the reason behind the popularity of kung fu in the village, locals claimed its roots lie in their ancestors need to defend themselves and their livestock from predators and bandits descending from the surrounding mountains. Others said it was because the Dong people were often discriminated against in the past and felt the need to stand up for themselves. In the past, only men practiced martial arts, but now women have also joined in. The tradition is also handed down from generation to generation. The villagers say they now practice the Black Tiger style for health reasons, although they also point out that it could still be useful if they ever have to fight off any ill-intentioned visitors. photocredit/thanks:cen

Pic shows: Some people practicing Kung Fu.
Locals in this village have every reason to be proud of their martial arts skills, after all not only have they been practising for three centuries they even have a martial arts discipline named after them.
And far from being a dying art, it’s now so popular in Gundi village in Tianzhu County, in south-west China’s Guizhou Province, that even the women and the children join in as well as the men.
Despite its official name the village is better known as “kung fu village”, as all of its residents have a habit of regularly practicing martial arts in the mornings and evenings.
The 123 households comprise Dong people (GANXI DONG), one of China’s many ethnic minorities, who have been living in the region for hundreds of years.
The Dong even developed their own fighting technique known as the Black Tiger style, or “Heihuquan” in Chinese, which is characterised by its extensive footwork, acrobatic kicks, low, wide stance, and unique fist positioning.
The fighting style also has a history of 300 years and has been kept alive with the regular practice sessions.
As for the reason behind the popularity of kung fu in the village, locals claimed its roots lie in their ancestors need to defend themselves and their livestock from predators and bandits descending from the surrounding mountains.
Others said it was because the Dong people were often discriminated against in the past and felt the need to stand up for themselves.
In the past, only men practiced martial arts, but now women have also joined in. The tradition is also handed down from generation to generation.
The villagers say they now practice the Black Tiger style for health reasons, although they also point out that it could still be useful if they ever have to fight off any ill-intentioned visitors. photocredit/thanks:cen

 

 

(…this LEGEND… has been RELOADED from an earlier brief RETELLING… which can be found elsewhere on the site… if you feel the need to seek such… seek and you… shall find… i hope.)

 

…or… (click) here… just in case.

 

 ACTIONING SURVIVAL.

 

SURVIVAL is an ‘ART ‘.

A set of somewhat diverse skills/techniques combining to promote LIFE.

 

PRIME CONCEPT of the MARTIAL ARTS AND SELF-DEFENCE.

 

...TRAINING TIPS AND CONCEPTS,IDREAMOFNINJA EVASION AND SURVIVAL TIPS.I SURVIVED??? YOUR TURN NEXT IT SEEMS INDEED.

…TRAINING TIPS AND CONCEPTS, IDREAMOFNINJA EVASION AND SURVIVAL TIPS. I SURVIVED??? …YOUR TURN NEXT IT SEEMS INDEED.

 

Whether pursued on an individual basis

or collectively as a community/nation/globe…

 

without it-civilisation would NOT EXIST.

 

ACTION is desired, necessary and essential in the sense that otherwise we are just MARTYRS for a cause.

Dead meat , so to speak.

 

 

Naturally the action may be neutral, offensive or defensive.

BUT action must occur.

 

On a personal level = WE MUST ‘TRAIN’…on all 3 levels of such individual action…

e.g.such as reading,thinking and DOING.

 

HERE’s MORE… of SHIRO’s TOP 3 SURVIVAL SITES.

 

Some SURVIVAL oriented reading and thinking ahead.

 

CLICK PHOTO TO JOIN Shiro AS HE ATTEMPTS ATOMIC ARMAGEDDON... RESEARCH THAT IS. In the current and ongoing drive for green technology, most of the profit driven energy supply ideas are oft examined and re-examined for potential use as replacements. NUCLEAR ENERGY included.The production of ENERGY of this type though, is very tightly controlled and regulated.This has been the case from the start of the MANHATTAN PROJECT... or so we were told. Congress. Inquiries and a President's Son... say otherwise. Using the DIARY of a Major who was (unknowingly at the time) put in charge BY u.s PRESIDENTIAL ORDER... to supply certain tech... to certain peeps... who perhaps... should not have... got it. So... get it... herein indeed.

CLICK PHOTO TO JOIN Shiro AS HE ATTEMPTS ATOMIC ARMAGEDDON… RESEARCH THAT IS. In the current and ongoing drive for green technology, most of the profit driven energy supply ideas are oft examined and re-examined for potential use as replacements. NUCLEAR ENERGY included.The production of ENERGY of this type though, is very tightly controlled and regulated.This has been the case from the start of the MANHATTAN PROJECT… or so we were told. Congress. Inquiries and a President’s Son… say otherwise. Using the DIARY of a Major who was (unknowingly at the time) put in charge BY u.s PRESIDENTIAL ORDER… to supply certain tech… to certain peeps… who perhaps… should not have… got it. So… get it… herein indeed.

 THE SITES OF SURVIVAL:

 SHIRO’s TOP 3

…in no particular order…

 

 

NINPO LEGENDS MOSAIC... UNIQUE WEAPONS OF ANCIENT JAPAN–SHIRO’s SELECTION OF 9. WEAPONRY has many forms. Prior to the overwhelming fire-power of gunnery we had other ideas. The Unique Weapons herein are but a slim selection of the whole. WE HAVE MADE MANY WEAPONS. ( so many in fact…wiki has compiled LISTS). Some forms or variations were probably used...ALL over the world. Ninpo student Shiro selects... CLICK PHOTO TO WONDER AT WEAPONS UNIQUE AND CLASSIC INDEED.

NINPO LEGENDS MOSAIC… UNIQUE WEAPONS OF ANCIENT JAPAN–SHIRO’s SELECTION OF 9. WEAPONRY has many forms. Prior to the overwhelming fire-power of gunnery we had other ideas. The Unique Weapons herein are but a slim selection of the whole. WE HAVE MADE MANY WEAPONS. ( so many in fact…wiki has compiled LISTS). Some forms or variations were probably used…ALL over the world. Ninpo student Shiro selects… CLICK PHOTO TO WONDER AT WEAPONS UNIQUE AND CLASSIC INDEED.

 

survival equipment: Tourist kettle on camp fire. hand with firewood Stock Photo

 

…and a bonus pair of Collective/Personal Security overview sites.

These also contain expertly guided articles and ideas.

Some may be rather specialised indeed.

Such Topics provide a wealth of Knowledge which can be hopefully, easily applied to many situations. The realm of SELF-DEFENCE can be wide it seems. Take what you need and can absorb.

 

Good luck… SURVIVE.

 

 

The SURVIVAL sites chosen are not definitive but rather collectively will give you an insight into the degree and depth of this topic.

Combining old and new theories, techniques and modern technology too.

 

SHIRO’s search engine duckduckgo.com and blog platform at wordpress.com soon sniffed out dozens of suitable sites on the subject.

SHIRO’s TOP3 SURVIVAL SITES stood out on the night per se.

 

 

Providing Commonsense discussion on complex issues.

 

Info was freely given and explained,

often with an eye to minimize costs/time etc.

 

THERE ARE MANY GREAT SUCH SITES.

All the sites are worth many visits to accumulate knowledge, tips and ideas.

 

 

 SHIRO’s SURVIVALIST.

 SLIDE-SHOW.

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BYO Hot chocolate and reading glasses.

Some SURVIVAL oriented reading and thinking ahead.

After that… go DO the DOING.

 

 

TRAIN WELL… SURVIVE.

 

LIVE YOUR DREAMS… idreamofninja.

NJOY. SIMPLE.

 

 

 

SHIRO's 7 WAYS TO SPEAK LIKE NINJA...GLOSSARY: A--G. SHIRO’s NINPO ALPHABET SOUP… another piece in Shiro's struggle with... another language altogether. Shiro emptied his mind... and look what happened.!. Terms and meanings... everywhere. Speak like NINJA indeed. This GLOSSARY... going GREAT indeed and in fact too. PLEASE PRESS PHOTO TO SEE.

SHIRO’s 7 WAYS TO SPEAK LIKE NINJA…GLOSSARY: A–G. SHIRO’s NINPO ALPHABET SOUP… another piece in Shiro’s struggle with… another language altogether. Shiro emptied his mind… and look what happened.!. Terms and meanings… everywhere. Speak like NINJA indeed. This GLOSSARY… going GREAT indeed and in fact too. PLEASE PRESS PHOTO TO SEE.

 SHIRO’s SURVIVAL SONG 3SET.

 

 

GO AHEAD,MAKE YOUR PRAYER

GO AHEAD,MAKE YOUR PRAYER

 

...YEP... PRAYER ANSWERING SERVICE HERE...

…YEP… PRAYER ANSWERING SERVICE HERE…

 

SHINY DELL SILVER MOON SHIRO GREETINGS FROM SHIROs AND SILVER MOONs.

GREETINGS FROM SHIROs AND SILVER MOONs.

 

 

FROM EMPEROR TO BLACKSMITH APPRENTICE… ALL FOR THE LOVE OF SWORDS.

 

 

…ANCIENT TECH AND APPLICATIONS, LEGENDS AND MORE… IEYASU CEREMONIAL ARMOR.

 

SHINY DELL SILVER MOON SHIRO

GREETINGS FROM SHIROs AND SILVER MOONs.

 

CAUGHT YOU...

 

The Sword holds a hallowed and handy place in any WEAPON LEGENDS HALL OF FAME

(…well, it would…though shiro hasn’t finalised his yet…sorry…):–cos

 

there were few times in martial history when it’s use was not applied.

 

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 FROM EMPEROR

 TO

 BLACKSMITH APPRENTICE

sword n co.

 

JAP. SWORD STYLES…

 ALL FOR THE

 LOVE OF SWORDS.

Long esteemed as an individual and collective icon and national symbol,

JAPAN too venerates the SWORD

as an ideal

and a representation of the strength of the individual to collectively defend the nation.

 

 

ALL FOR THE LOVE OF SWORDS.

Along with the Ancient Sacred Mirror and Beads,

the Sacred SWORD is one of Japans trio sets of National Treasures. (click)

 

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SACRED SWORD OF JAPAN.

The ORIGINS of this sword appreciation society approach is indeed an ancient one. Even within this collective LEGEND, there are those whose blade shone brightest due to the inspiration their acts endow.

 

night ken...

One such whose growing appetite for sword knowledge was so keen;

that his own chosen lot from Emperor to blacksmith apprentice

ALL for the LOVE OF SWORDS became a LEGEND indeed.

 

BLADE WORK

BLADE WORK WORK WORK…

 

SWORD… style/shape OVER THE YEARS.

 HERE… THERE…

 EVERYWHERE A SMITH

shogun stuff

MUCH SMITH WORK HEREIN…

 

Blacksmithing (Jap.kajiya) was arguably the most important cultural trade in any country.

Essential infrastructure in every village, castle or army. Most tech or machinery was made/repaired by the smiths. There are several colors and types of smith too.

  • black / white / tin / red / brown / copper / silver / gold / hammer / blade / nai(l) / arrow / shoe / six(sickle) etc

The names are basic/self explanatory; referring to a weapon, item or metal type/color.

 

In the Western World the anglo saxon germanic connection for example meant for many years a persons profession/family trade…

was their surname too.

 

This fact also explains such names as smithson in the obvious manner… a son of a smith.

FIRE IT UP.

EXCUSE ME SIR…YOUR SWORD IS ON FIRE!

 The LEGENDS of FIRE

  (ka) 

are also inextricably bound with that of  Smithing

another obvious.

 

Official records indicate too that swords were/have been occasionally used as votive divine offerings for nearly two thousand years.

Swords sacrificed to/for the GODS.

Sweet.

ROSE...WITH SWORD.

sum ken.

  FALLING SMELTING IN LOVE

…SECRETLY.

fired up

 

SWORDS OF DIFFERENT SHAPES/profiles…

 

The process of sword smithing in Japan had its boom period from around 1100-1500’s.

This work had soon become almost ritualized, akin to a religion. The smiths themselves became honorable society members, their profession/position almost venerated.

 

The particular methods used to create the iconic samurai sword are long and labour intensive.

Some of the smiths specialised in particular processes such as forging the blade or tempering, so swords were oft. the product of several experts.

The approach and dedication of these tradies ensured the jap. sword its deserving place in martial history and legend.

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work workFor those with an interest;

a closer look at the sword smiths work can be found here…(click)

or here…(click).Also sweet.

sword&scroll

ken co.

sam sym

 HOW NOT TO GIVE

MASAMUNE A HAND !

Precise technical details were oft.treasured secrets.

sword work

One of the LEGENDARY SMITHS...for example:

the great MASAMUNE, being visited by another local smith, had reason to use one of his bladed creationson the visitor.

 

Placing his hand in one of Masamune’s tempering baths… to ascertain temp and ingredients presumably…

the visiting smith soon found himself without

his hand.

 

Masamune, with one neat sword swish strike-removed the offending body part:

SECRET SAVED… SAMURAI SWORD-SMITH  STYLE !

 

choppin time

swish LEGEND, though… not so sweet

if you were the next victim visitor;

all hands… and any other appendages… away… NOW!

 

culture jap style

co with ken.

 SHIRO’s SMITHING LOCALE

 LEGENDS LIST…

 

SWORD SWIPE...

ancient ken

 

ANCIENT SWORD TYPES…

 

SWORD DEVELOPMENT…

 

Very few extant records exist of the very early days of sword making…

pre 1100’s only smiths in small numbers seemed to be mentioned-

 

approx 900+ the swordsmith YASUTSUNA and another , around 100yrs later-

named as MUNECHIKA are considered worthy of note it seems.

lite my fire

sam wit ken.

Some 200+ years later however…

the LEGENDS OF JAPANS SWORDSMITHING period began to be recognised.

Looking back now…

 

5 major areas/PROVINCES were producing some 80% of this period’s weapons.

LOTSA SWORD WORK THEREIN.

work work blade work

 THE MAJOR PROVINCES OF…

 SWORD WORK- 

(considered alphabetically…)

BIZEN , MINO , SOSHU/SAGAMI , YAMASHIRO  and  YAMATO.

 

BIZEN : it’s geographical location and ideal weather conditions, esp. in the east of the province ensured the production of high quality weaponry for much of this time.

BIZEN

BIZEN PROVINCE.

 

MINO : legends associate Masamune students with this area and early works show excellent sword-smithing though long term the quality suffered and MINO lost its importance and influence in this tradition.

MINO prov.

MINO PROVINCE.

 

SOSHU/SAGAMI : a main centre of influence , esp. in Kamakura where the First SHOGUNATE was established… the black-smithing necessity… obvious… even though its locale and climate… not entirely desirable.

SOSHU.

SOSHU/SAGAMI PROVINCE.

 

YAMASHIRO : the province of the then capital, KYOTO… sword-work in high/great demand for many years.

YOSHIMITSU-SAN… of the KAMAKURA period, a favourite of shiro’s.

YAMASHIRO

YAMASHIRO PROVINCE.

 

and

YAMATO : locale of a previous capital, NARA… then the later, Temple/monk/sect movements into the area around 1200+ ensured a continuing good/high quality presence and contribution to the Jap.sword work traditions for some time.

YAMATO

YAMATO PROVINCE.

 

SWORD SHARPENER… SHARP SWORD.

 

UNIQUE=YOU

 SHIRO INTRO’s…

 THE MASTER-SMITHS

 OF LEGEND.

…so many smiths… so lil time and space.

 

The sword intel reveals a listing of many many names in japan alone who have done good sword work.

Just using the main 5 provinces

more than several hundred just in this period of history.

 

Yet, amongst these many…a small handful still stood out.

sword & coKnown as the MASTER-SMITHS or MASTER-MAKERS; these 3 groups collectively represent the ALL. Their exemplary skills even acknowledged as extraordinary by their peers.

Many of their weapons became famous in their own way via other samurai legends and tales.

samsym too…and a BONUS too…

In addition:

A bonus for reading this far-

 

Shiro has done an addition of his own…to this master-smith listing.

muramasa ken.

The last name is well known…though a lil infamous-

and whilst the purists of jap sword history seem intent on refusing his deserved place…

shiro disagrees.

They say…he is unlucky, a smith on the edge of insanity… one whose blades reflect his madness. ALL his work classified as ignoble and unworthy… struck off the records of the experts guilds too.

 

By men of superstition and plain prejudice sayeth shiro.

sam chop

For Shiro knows full well the edge of madness

WE ALL DO… if we but dare look close to the edge.

 

Shiro knows too… like children;

madmen and womentend to tell… the plain truth.

all sorts

HE deserves and has earnt his place at last; here at least-

Amongst friends… and fellow madmen he dreams-

Make him feel welcome… remember him too.

 

LEGEND of a SWORD-SMITH.

 

EACH AND ALL it seems.

AT LAST, BUT NOT LEAST,…ON THE LIST…

FOR YOU.

 

muramasa ken

BLADE WORK BY MURAMASALAST BUT NOT LEAST ON THE LIST. LEGEND.

 

 THE LIST…OF LEGENDS.+

 shiro’s addition…at LAST

 but not least for YOU.

sword play.

  • The BIZEN SANHEI = The 3 MASTER-SMITHS OF BIZEN = KANEHIRA, SUKEHIRA & TAKAHIRA.
  • The KYOTO SANJO = The 3 MASTERS OF KYOTO = ARIKUNI, KANENAGA & YOSHIIE.
  • The elite SANSAKU = The 3 MASTER-MAKERS = MASAMUNE, YOSHIHIRO & YOSHIMITSU.

and last but not least

  • MASTER-MAKER MURAMASA…of ISE PROVINCE… He whom, the purists forgot…

( on purpose btw…i mean…just cos that fumbly  SHOGUN  IYEYASU  cut himselftwice…on a MURAMASA…surely doesn’t mean anything???…hmmm???…might throw some salt over my left shoulder…just in case methinks…and get someone else to clean THAT SWORD too perhaps !?).

chop samOK…back to the intel shiro.

swordBITS

SWORD COMPONENTS…IN JAPANESE…

 PUT BLACKSMITH 

 ON MY RESUME…

 o…perhaps Emperor too.

smith & co.

Sometime in the late 1100’s

Somewhere in Japan…

 

ICHIMONJI NORIMUNE the black-smith,

now knew the EMPEROR was a man after his own heart.

fired upThe EMPEROR GOTOBA was a man in love…

deeply in love.

 

GOTOBA’s passion was now so incensed, so aflame…akin to the forge, which, in turn was soon to become his Temple.A proclamation issued, there was no turning back…the first of its kind…a proclamation of love

FROM EMPEROR TO BLACKSMITH APPRENTICEGOTOBA was to be.

 ALL FOR THE

 LOVE OF…SWORDS.

GOTOBA 1180-1239

EMPEROR GOTOBA OF JAPAN…1180-1239.

 

peeps

sam peeps

In the heady days that followed the black-smith found he was not alone.

GOTOBA was a willing student who learnt well (click).

Not satisfied with the lone wolf approach the EMPEROR put other wheels in motion.Each and every month, one of 12 provincial smiths worked hand in hand with GOTOBA.Others were held in reserve.

Teams of smiths too had been set up in various locales to aid the EMPEROR, now BLACKSMITH APPRENTICE…but still EMPEROR, who had so decreed (click).

GOTOBA WORK WORK.

BLACKSMITH GOTOBA AT BLADEWORK.

 

FROM EMPEROR TO BLACKSMITH APPRENTICE…I AM TO BE-

ALL FOR THE LOVE OF SWORDS.

GOTOBA = EMPEROR, SWORD-LOVER, SWORD-SMITH, LEGEND.

swords

SOME SWISH SWORDS + co…

SWORD-DRAW KUNOICHI… SWISH INDEED.

 SWORD WORK

 SWORD LOVE.

girl sam with ken

LUCKY THAT’s NOT A…MURAMASA???

ken co

 

LEGENDARY WEAPON…THE 7 BRANCHED SWORD…

 

 

Though blunted by the ninja creed

(of all/every weapon…is useful etc)…

shiro does have a soft spot for the lines of a good sword.

 

SWORD HOLDER KUNOICHI…

 

The look, feel and natural swinging weight do indeed elicit admiring glances…

and interesting techniques too.

Some of the blades ooze ‘ sword appeal ‘.

 

sword miss sam

 

ken and co

 

…SWORD WORK…

 

more ken.

 

…THE SWORD AND KUNOICHI…

 

PART OF STOCKPILED JAP. SWORDS CONFISCATED BY USA AFTER WW2.

 

The hand made ones are a collectors delight, all with their differences yet all made with the same sword love.

 

WORK WORK

                                                                           HARD AT WORK.

 

 SHIRO’s SHINOBI SWORD TIP:

sword play

...NEED MORE LEVERAGE...

…OK…WHO PUT NINJA SUPERSTAR GLUE ON MY SWORD???

For those who appreciate such things;

to ensure a quicker draw than your opponent…

use a shorter weapon…or none at all.

 

NINPO IKKAN.

 

idreamofninja…do you have a dream?

CAUGHT BY JUTTE

JUTTESWORD CATCHER

CAUGHT YOU...

SWORD…CAUGHT…I HOPEHOPE TOO ITS NOT A MURAMASA !?

play time

Here’s a song and 3 more…sharp and sweet…or not…shiro’s choice for sure:

 

miss sam with ken

 

 

 

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10 Notorious Rogues Who Terrorized Medieval Europe

 

 

 

History; We tend to think of the Middle Ages as a lawless time when desperate outlaws roam…

(click) Source: 10 Notorious Rogues Who Terrorized Medieval Europe.

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VIA IDREAMOFNINJA GUESTBLOG: viralbot360.

There have been…quite a few who have deigned to conquer the world in such a fashion.

An overview of some of the warrior? type personalities/characters and battles of times gone by is contained within this guestblog.

An intriguing and interesting cast of…angry men!?

Thanks to viralbot36o (click) for sharing the knowledge.

til next shiro.

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