A copy of a legendary Ninja manuscript, the Kanrinseiyo, surfaced suddenly last month and has caused quite a stir. Almost all existing historical information about the Ninja comes from the Bansenshukai - which references this previously missing body of knowledge. Maybe it will answer the question about what was a "real Ninjato" once and for all...
Now I have seen everything - curious to know what the current world record is for balancing swords on your body in the shortest time possible? Don't try to beat it at home - would HATE to see it go wrong trying to balance fully functional sharps instead of wallhangers..!
While it has become increasingly difficult in recent years - generally as long as you register them it is still legal to travel with a sword locked away on a flight.. But that was not the case for this particular sword, which turned out to be something worth nearly USD700,000...(almost as much as the fines for the employer who ordered it might run to! Ouch..)
You never know what a metal detector might find in Norway - in this case, some pieces of a very rare 9th century Frankish or English sword, though the blade itself is still missing..
While no modern film can quite capture the authentic atmosphere of the Chanbara films of the 60s and 70s - some recent movies continue the age old tradition - here are arguably 10 of the best Samurai movies made in recent years - from the subtle to the sublime..
Normally you don't associate Australia with Castles - but some modern made 'reproduction' castle homes are a thing in Australia, and if you have half a million Aussie dollars handy, you could live like royalty..