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.
Would the original Star Wars trilogy have been better if George Lucas had steered closer to its samurai movie inspiration? It certainly would have looked cooler, as demonstrated by Bandai’s Tamashii Nations Meisho Movie Realization Boba Fett and Darth Vader figures.
Master swordsman Isao Machii is back! This time he’s here to cut a fastball in two.
Sometimes we see character designs that just, ahem, leap off the page, begging to become stars in a larger story. That’s how we feel about Conor Nolan’s “Lilypad 7,” an amphibious crew who come from an alternate version of feudal Japan.
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…
Seppuku, a highly ritualized form of suicide that involved cutting one's own stomach, was once part of the bushido samurai code, and considered an honorable way to die and, until the 20th century, was quite common. So what happened? Why did this practice die out?
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.
Once he was a teenager no longer, Leonardo left the sewers of New York to live according to the principles of bushidō. Artist Chet Phillips illustrates the katana-wielding samurai turtle fighting under the banner of pizza. Check out the full image below.
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.
The new ThunderCats cartoon was sadly canceled after a single season; perhaps they should have looked to Phil Postma's radical samurai-themed redesigns for inspiration. Here's a massive gallery of Postma's ancient Japanese ThunderCats, as well as their nemesis Mumm-Ra.
Check out more footage from Carl Erik Rinsch's long-delayed feature which reworks the classic Japanese story of the 47 Ronin. Various adaptations of this story are common, however this could be translation with the most artistic liberties, as it's set in a fantasy world.
The way of the ninja requires massive sacrifices, and samurai must live by the exacting code of Bushido. Usually, pop culture depicts ninjas and samurai as stoic men — but here are 10 amazing women who rose to the challenge.
It's been 25 since Stan Sakai's ronin rabbit Miyamoto Usagi, star of the comic book Usagi Yojimbo, graced the video game world with his katana-wielding skills. But now Usagi has made the leap to the mobile gaming platform in his very own game, Usagi Yojimbo: Way of the Ronin.
Artist Chet Phillips places Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in a distant era in this Japanese woodblock-inspired illustration. But these three haven't met an anachronism they didn't like—especially when it comes to their probable foe, a certain radioactive monster stomping through the background.
Jeff de Boer's elaborate suits of armor imagine a fanciful world in which cats and mice have learned to smith metal and construct for themselves often ornate suits of armor. Through the years, he's expanded his visions of animal armor, creating armor inspired by Medieval times, Ancient Rome, the Renaissance Era, and…
Update: Concept posters removed by request of the artist.
Update: The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision reports a Snyder spokesman told them these are horrible lies, like Santa Claus or that Han shot first: "Snyder's spokesperson says: 'While he is super flattered because he is a huge fan, Zack is not involved in any way with the new Star Wars. He is currently in post on his…
Dogs have been used in military operations for centuries, but this outlandish suit of canine samurai armor from the Edo period is truly something special. Historically, there's a loose precedent for forcing your puggle into that undignified Darth Vader costume every Halloween.
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.