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Korean military in 1894
This is my scrap booking for Korean martial arts research.

Problems of the Far East: Japan - Korea - China 1894
George Nathaniel Curzon

The true comicality, however, of the Korean by military, of a species unique in the world.
The infantry lined the roadway, and were for the most part lying asleep upon the ground.
They had almost as many flags as men; and their muskets, which I examined as they stood piled together, were commonly destitute either of hammer, trigger, or plate, sometimes of all three, and were frequently only held together by string ; while the bayonets were bent and rusty.

Infinitely more remarkable, however, were the cavalry. These were clad in uniforms probably some 300 years old, consisting of a battered helmet with a spike, and of a cuirass of black leather studded with brass bosses, and worn over a heavy jerkin of moth-eaten brocade.

Enormous jack-boots completed the costume, and rendered it difficult for the men to mount their steeds, even although these were rarely more than eleven hands high. Banners of yellow, red, and green, with a tuft of pheasant-feathers at the top, and stacks of arrows, were carried in front of the officers, who were with difficulty supported by squires upon their pyramidal saddles. The middle of the roadway was supposed to be kept clear, and was strewn with a riband of sand, about a foot and a half in breadth ; but this was trampled upon and scattered almost as soon as sprinkled.

Throughout the morning processions of ministers, courtiers, and officials passed along on their way to or from the Palace. The majority of these were borne by shouting retainers in open chairs, on the back of which rested a leopard-skin. In some cases the sedan was also supported by a single leg underneath, terminating in a wheel, which ran along the middle of the roadway, easing the burden and increasing the pace of the bearers in front and behind.
Some of the officials wore gilt helmets of pasteboard, with Chinese characters upon the back. The Chinese Resident, the principal personage in the city, as representing the suzerain power, dashed past in a black velvet sedan, swiftly borne by stalwart Celestials with red tassels.
Upon either side of the street the white-robed crowd were pressed back against the house-fronts, and were prodded by the soldiers with their muskets, or spanked by active runners, who laid about them liberally with long wooden paddles.
On the occasion of the previous procession the mob had been suffered to approach too nearly to the person of royalty ; and a notification had in consequence appeared in the Official Gazette, docking the Minister of War of three months' salary for his faulty arrangements.
【2016/06/27 12:58 】 | Uriginal Issue | 有り難いご意見(0)
Oniwaban Kawamura Nagataka

Quotes from this book

【2016/06/27 11:16 】 | Ninja History | 有り難いご意見(0)
Historical Ninja researcher Isoda Michifumi on Pod Cast



"This is an old Ninjutsu scroll sold in 8000 Yen. I thought Ninja chain maile was made with iron but this scroll says warp thread is hemp, weft thread is egg plant tree. This is strong enough to block sword and spear. I don't think it blocks spear but probably it prevents sword slashing."

"Ninja scroll usually contains 'no way' technics. For example this says put yam juice around your nose when you are in water then you can breathe. Or write Manji shape on your chest then you won't get drowned."

"Jingu Baseball Stadium (Shibuya) used to be residents for Koka-kumi. There was shooting range."
【2016/06/27 11:14 】 | Ninja History | 有り難いご意見(0)

小松重男著『幕末遠国奉行の日記 御庭番川村修就(ながたか)の生涯』(中公新書)という本から、御庭番の仕事の内容が伺われる記述を抜粋。

【2016/05/02 11:52 】 | 歴史の中の忍者 | 有り難いご意見(0)
【2016/04/20 10:18 】 | ウリジナル | 有り難いご意見(0)
Mie University plans to research Akutagawa Ninjutsu
From Shinano Mainichi 2016 Feb 24

The Akutagawa family was retainer of Lord Toda of Matsumoto and had a root in Koka.
The Akutagawa texts (Ninjutsu Menkyo and etc) have been known but never really researched academically.
One of the texts "Koka Onjutsu Gokuhi" describes "A windy day, (Ninja) flew with a giant kite and dropped fire(bomb?) on the castle"
Mie University professor Yamada Yuji said the Ninjutsu is uniquely Akutagawa ryu but needs to be verified whether it's possible or not.
He will release a book of his research in this coming June.
【2016/04/14 11:41 】 | Ninja History | 有り難いご意見(0)
NARUTO fan selected to be Aichi prefecture tourism Ninja

Chris O'Neal came from America several months ago as an entertainer.
He learnt Japanese from Anime, especially NARUTO.
Becoming Ninja is his long time dream, he is going to join

"Tokugawa Ieyasu and Hattori Hanzo Ninja-tai" and will perform super Ninjer show.
【2016/04/06 07:17 】 | Ninjers | 有り難いご意見(0)
Korea : Washington D.C. Cherry Blossoms came from Korea
History of the Cherry Blossom Trees and Festival

Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries

According to ANN News, Chinese and Korean organizations are offering sponsorship to National Cherry Blossom Festival under the table with this condition - The festival must be renamed to Asian Festival.
【2016/03/30 09:16 】 | Uriginal Issue | 有り難いご意見(0)
10 Lame Ninja Movies that Japanese never knew
"I didn't know!" Amazing Ninja movies in the world.

1. Ninja Assassin 2009

2. Crying Freeman 1995

3. Shadow of a Tear 2013

【2016/03/28 09:45 】 | Cheesy Ninja Movie | 有り難いご意見(0)

【2016/03/26 09:08 】 | 歴史 | 有り難いご意見(0)
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