Iki-ningyō are life-sized dolls that were primarily used in festivals and exhibitions in Japan. This one, which belongs to the Victoria and Albert Museum, is estimated to have been made around 1880, shortly after the samurai class was outlawed.
It’s a totally unfair fight since this Yaskawa Bushido industrial robot arm basically stole all of master swordsman Isao Machii’s moves and is not human, so it can be programmed and won’t get tired, but it’s really fun to see man vs machine swinging swords to see who can slice things best with diagonal cuts, rising…
Now that Disney bought Star Wars, I hope they get a little bit riskier and produce new stuff loosely based on the classic trilogy. A Japanese version would look amazing, as these cool action figures demonstrate. It's only a natural step—as George Lucas' original saga was directly influenced by Kurosawa's work.
It's an ad, so bear with the never ending attempts to sneak in Toaster Strudels but here's master swordsman and multiple Guinness World Records holder Isao Machii slicing up fruit with a real sword better than any wannabe ninja can on his phone.
Florida doesn't get weirder than this: Kamil Mezalka, a 21-year-old man, stabbed his hard drive with a two-handed Samurai sword after the police stormed his house looking for evidence of child pornography. He apparently did all this in his underwear while the police were present.
To the person who sent me this photo on the mail from an unknown location: I love you. [LuckyLobos—Thanks A!]
Your toothpicks just became a deadly weapon. Or at least, they look a lot more like it with these samurai sword toothpick holders. Your teeth aren't chattering because you're cold; that's just the food stuck between them quivering with fear.
Amidst all the toy guns and super soakers, I see a very colorful Samurai complete with a fanciful mustache, an intimidating kabuto and thoughtful ball armor. I love the symmetry of it all.
Despite a lifelong fascination with the pinkie ring and a brief flirtation with a Livestrong bracelet, I've never actually worn jewelry. I might have to revise that stance, though, for this ring forged by Samurai swordmaking technique.
ThinkGeek is now joking that its Samurai Sword Handle Umbrella should come with a warning label: "May incite SWAT teams." The reason? Panic on a Georgia college campus.
Akira Kurosawa's films have been the greatest influence on my life, along with Karate Kid and Enter the Dragon. The samurai films were about the sword fights, secondary; first, they were about characters, and timeless stories.
Hookai. So. The Samurai Air Sword is really an iPhone in disguise. It doesn't come with touchscreen, CPU, multimedia processor, memory, GPS, or compass. But it has a gyroscope and runs a clone of the only iPhone application that matters.
Seriously, those green LED eyes would stare questioningly, deep into my soul while I tweak its switchable analog/digital nipples. It's modeled after the DualShock controller, and supports the PS3, PS2, and PCs. It looks bizarre, and I like it.
Holy crap. Detectives are still interviewing a Johns Hopkins University student who fatally lacerated the upper body of a man breaking into his off-campus residence overnight. The suspect also suffered a nearly-severed hand, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bandai is taking a new approach in the herculean task that is enticing nerds to exercise. This pedometer/calorie counter casts you as a 16th century Samurai hell-bent on controlling Japan.
The noble Samurai has found his role in Japanese society reduced over the decades from a fearsome fighting warrior to a skilled cutter of vegetables and BBs that's paraded on TV shows for our amusement.
I have ignored computer ergonomic professionals my entire computing life, but this winter, a pain in my lower back would not go away. Instead of listening to "experts" I followed the advice of ancient swordsmen.
Who doesn't dream of wandering the fields of ancient Japan, wielding a katana for truth and justice? Though the samurai age is long over, you can still ennoble your privates with awesome samurai underpants.