The Order of Culture bunkakunshō 文化勲章 is an honor awarded by the Japanese government to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the fields of culture, the arts and education. It is one of the highest cultural awards in Japan and is not exclusive to the Japanese alone.
Kamon, Japanese family crests, are an element rooted in Japanese culture and history. These coats of arms have been used since ancient times by noble families, samurai and traders to identify their belonging to a specific family group and to distinguish themselves from the others.
Remembered as one of the most important military strategists in the Japanese history, he is also remembered for his enormous courage and full dedication to his emperor for which he risked his life even if he didn't always agree with the orders received.
Kusunoki Masashige 楠木 正 成 was a famous samurai who lived during the Kamakura-jidai (1185-1333) that tried to bring central power back to the hands of the Imperial Court by snatching it from the Minamoto-uji rulers of the Kamakura-bakufu dynasty. A brilliant strategist and tactician, he was the collaborator of the 96th Emperor of Japan Go-Daigo-Tennō.
One of the most enigmatic and interesting characters in Japanese history. His deeds are mixed between documented real facts and legends that transformed Ishikawa Goemon into the Japanese Robin Hood, the one who stole from the rich to give to the poor.
Lived during the Sengoku-jidai era (1467-1603), Ishikawa Goemon (石川 • 五 右衛門) was a ninja warrior who became a thief that stole gold and precious objects for donated them to the poor.The first historiographic appearances of the character date back to 1642 when in a biography of Toyotomi Hideyoshi he is mentioned several times, he was described as an outlaw who stole precious objects, but with a particular characteristic, the gift to the poor of the spoils.
A martial art a little different from the classic ones but with great charm and following. An ancient Japanese discipline used in war since 712 AD that came to the present day turned into an important sport.
Practiced with Naginata 長刀, a sort of spear that could be compared to European halberds and spears, it is an ancient Japanese discipline that was already practiced in the eighth century after Christ. The origins cannot be traced back to a specific period, but can find the Naginata (the weapon used in this discipline) mentioned in the writings of the Kojiki by O no Yasumaro, published in 712 AD.
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