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Japanese chess
Shogi is a two-player board game in the same family as Western chess, chaturanga, and Chinese Xiangqi, and is the most popular of a family of chess variants native to Japan. Shogi means general's boardgame.
by Japanese_Culture July 10, 2011
Rights attached to parcels of land (shoen) in Japan.
Shiki is pronounced SHEE-kee.
by Japanese_Culture July 06, 2011
(SHOH-guh-nate) The government of medieval Japan in which the Shogun, a military and civil regent, served as the actual leader, while the emperor was the symbolic head of the state and religion. There were three shogunates throughout Japanese history - 1) the Kamakura Shogunate (1192–1333), 2) the Ashikaga Shogunate (1336–1573), and 3) the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603–1868).
Governor → Government
Shogun → Shogunate
Caliph → Caliphate
Sultan → Sultanate
by Japanese_Culture July 06, 2011
A kodachi is a sword that is longer than a dagger, but shorter than a long sword.
A kodachi is somewhat similar to the wakizashi.
by Japanese_Culture July 18, 2011
Though not a primary weapon of the Ninja, nunchakus (also known as "nunchucks") were used because they could be adapted for many situations. Aside from being easy to carry, the nunchakus were used to defend against most any weapon from a bo to a sword. By trapping the blade of a sword with the chain between the two sticks, a Ninja could entangle and disarm a sword-weilding attacker.
The same concept applies to almost every other weapon. The nunchakus were not just used for defense, they could also be effectively employed against an enemy in an offensive way. The Ninja could strangle an opponent or even execute joint locks with the chain or cord between the two sticks.
by Japanese_Culture July 15, 2011
First known novel in Asian, if not world, history.
The Tale of Genji was authored by a female courtier. The tale is about life in the Japanese medieval court.
by Japanese_Culture July 06, 2011
A sock with a separation for the big toe; worn with thong sandals by the Japanese.
Tabi are traditional Japanese socks.
by Japanese_Culture July 12, 2011