Smithing is in deed a Form of Alchemy. Purifying and focusing the Works on particular Aspects
of the Metal so obtained. Many forms of Smithing of Metals + co. As belows.
The importance of their Place in Japans History, Martial and Other Ways n -wise
is oft carried along. With
the famed and infamous KATANA.
The Japanese Sword.
THE MAJOR PROVINCES OF SWORD WORK:
BIZEN , MINO , SOSHU/SAGAMI , YAMASHIRO and YAMATO.
The Natures and Geo-Political processes of the Feudal Japanese Structures and Governance
ensured the Sword became paramount. In Our World. Legends developed.
Along with the Ancestors. Entwined this and that. Is
that of the Forge.
The Master Black-Smiths thereof and therein. Also. As well
did the Sword come to represent Nation, Beliefs, Laws. Past, Present. Futures too. To
even reach an elevated place within Personality, Spirituality and high Ideals.
The Black-Smiths the crux of All this.
Makers of Weapons. A Profession honored.
Sword making became a Traditional Ceremony in itself. Best epitomised currently by the inclusion
of such as
in modern Film-making… (REFER for example the captivating Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Series…)
coming to represent the Ideal and Idea. Of these Makers. Their continued contribution to the
forging of Society,
Unity, Nation building and Tradition respected by many. Still. Thus and so
forges thus and so ahead to machine. Those Ways. Herein.
These be those
Of Japan. Of Yore. A lil’. As Belows.
The 12th and 13th Century the peak of the Prowess.
Times and Places when All the ingredients for the right mix. A mix of
Tamahagane… The Jewel (of) Steel. Obtained. Displayed also. Also
a Time when several Black-Smiths forged ahead in their Own Ways to discover New Ways. That
then became Legendary. Ways in deed.
The Blades produced prior 1600 still referred to as Koto… Old.
(…Those after and now btways… are Shinto… New…)
Comprising Three Major Elements: Thereof. Therein. As belows. Herein.
Sugata 姿 (overall structure/shape),
Jigane 地鉄 (grain structure/shape), and
Hamon 刃文 (temper pattern along cut edge).
A long, complex and technical Profession. Process as well. Well as
Methods and Inner Secrets/Hints for Makes, Tests of, Metal Blends and so on. On
and then to the Crafting of Accessories, Attachments. Many Clans, Families
over Times and Places gave their All to these Arts, Crafts, Trades and so forth. Forthrightly
too were several Elite Makers so picked on. To represent. The Creed.
For such is Society’s dependence and inter-dependence with such Manufacturing. The
Idea. Of Master Makers of Metal. A value far above… it’s worth.
Have also made an Executive Decision. Here i, Shiro. That is. Here. The Plus One of Title.
To represent. Those unrepresented. Who in the Background. In so many Ways. Do so
Aid. Life and Ways
thereof. Therein as well. Well as then are these. To represent.
The All. Therein.
Master Makers. Enigmatic. Still.
and last but not least… Plus this One:
i, Shiro. Did not. Forgot. Him. At All. ‘Cos He is. Here. Now.
(…on purpose btw ‘cos these purists still do so and say…i mean…
just cos that o so fumbly SHOGUN IYEYASU did and so
cut himself…TWICE…on this and that a MURAMASA…
surely doesn’t so then mean anything???…hmmm???…
might just throw some salt over that left shoulder… just in so case methinks…
or not.?. AND…
and get someone else to clean THAT so and so SWORD too perhaps…
Are You free.?. to Works those Ways in deed.?.)
AnyWays… shine on. Sharp as. Till and when. Tis’ done. Now. Here.
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Building a Pyramid.?. First Make a Moat.
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i, Shiro that is.
With Any Thoughts, Hints, Tips and Dreams.
If A Particular Legendary Theme or Our World Legends. Is A Desire.
To Be So Writ. Herein.
Defining Ninpo and All the Concepts within is problematical.
Even the Fundamentals.
The Essence is Survival.
This is taught in a fluid Combat manner…
to suit any and all situations.
Defining that above… problematical.
Herein i, Shiro’s attempt at classifying that which the Japanese Masters and Our World Legends state and say on the Historical Practices of the Arts of Self-Defence… Shinobi Style;
♦TAIJUTSU : Unarmed Combat Systems.
♦TAIHEN-JUTSU : Evasive Movements; Jumps, Leaps, Rolls, Tumbling…
♦DAKEN-TAIJUTSU : Body Defence Systems; Blocks, Punches, Kicks…
♦JUTAI-JUTSU : Close Quarters Combat Systems; Grappling, Holds, Locks…
♦BOJUTSU : Stick/Staff Methods… variety size and type…
♦KENJUTSU : Sword + co., variety size and type…
♦YARIJUTSU : Spear + co., variety length and type…
♦SHURIKENJUTSU : Throwing Weaponry Methods; many size, type, shape…
♥SEISHIN-TEKI-KYOYO : Mind, Meditation, Spiritual Concepts.
♦SHINOBI-IRI : Silent Movements; Stealth and Camouflage Systems/Methods.
♦MONOMI no JUTSU : Finding the Weakest Link Concepts.
♦NYUDAKI no JUTSU : Finding Sources and Personnel Concepts.
♦YOGI-GAKURE : Distractive Methods, Usages and Approaches.
♦HENSOJUTSU : The Arts of Disguise.
♦KAYAKUJUTSU : Fire and Explosives Methods/Weaponry.
♦NAGINATAJUTSU : Long Staff/Pole/Bladed End Weaponry Methods.
♦KUSARIGAMAJUTSU : Chain and Sickle… variety size and type…
♥NYUKYO no JUTSU : Flowing with Correct Timing Concepts.
♦BAJUTSU : Horsemanship Skills and Methods.
♦SUI-REN : Swimming Skills and Methods.
♦INPOJUTSU : The Arts of Hiding.
♦INTONJUTSU : The Arts of Escape.
♦CHOHO : Espionage Skills and Methods.
♦TENMON : Natural Meteorology Signs and Usages.
♦CHIMON : Natural Geography Signs and Usages.
♦SEIZONJUTSU : Survival Skills and Methods.
♥BO-RYAKU : The Arts of Strategy and Intelligence Gathering.
The Systems above are taught and tempered with a creed/motto type approach to both Dojo and Life thereafter. These Rules and/or Guidelines can vary somewhat from RYU/School and Sensei/Soke involved.
A recent-ish Ninpo Soke version is here.
Though details may differ the overall Concept and Approach involves realistically knowing oneself and capabilities. This is then also applied to such as Universal, World, Natural or Local Knowledge.
Balance, Harmony and Flow are oft emphasised.
Basic Rights, Empathy and Respect is highlighted to Others and Society as a whole. Love for Self, Kin and Human-Kind.
Survival and Self-Defence linked naturally.
Our World Legends.
Ninja and Kunoichi.
Ninpo Ikkan All.
WEAPONS of the NINJA and associated MARTIAL TRADITIONS helped shape much of the ancient world they were used and lived in.
Many are rather unique and classical in their form oft. adapted to suit the particular circumstances required.
Inventive indeed (click).
A very large variety.
Battle-field and training alike.
…tis just a show-case Way,..
…to show-case such WAYs indeed;..
…in deed and in fact… too.
Some, over time and deeds became LEGENDARY…indeed (click).
Many included within Our World Legends.
A select few feature in various… as well.
A LEGEND OF AMAKUNI for example, from the 7th/8th century;
tells of the WEAPONS LEGEND explanation whereby the KATANA, a single-edged Sword
was obtained by the simple division of KEN…
the double-bladed Sword.
The HISTORY of such as NINJA WEAPONS involves so much more than War and associated Combat.
From the settlements of Community and Defence necessity;
…also via the MINING and then ALCHEMY OF FIRE.
the ANCIENT SWORD-MAKERS applied to create these unique weaponry items and onto
the BUDO MASTERS who personally refined technique and method.
This training too for example would involve the interpretation of actions via THE ARTS OF WAR, THE DOJO and even the somewhat frivolous organised ‘ Hunts ‘ of the BUSHI SAMURAI…
whereby wild animals such as quite large Boars or Deer forced/cornered into active COMBAT.
Live training indeed…with the losing party…
buried or eaten.
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The SLIDE-SHOW comprises the SITE DATABASE OF
NINJA +co…WEAPONRY related pics.
Please Start at the Kunoichi with Chain Photo.
for some 200+ weaponry related pics…mostly.
The Slide-show: Weapon Wall.
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